A police officer accused of defiling a minor inside a cell has been freed on bond.
Mr Laban Njogu is accused of defiling the 13-year-old girl on September 30 at Murang’a Police Station.
A Murang’a court on Wednesday released him on of a Sh400,000 bond.
His bond application had been opposed by the prosecution, arguing that he could interfere with the investigations.
But Chief Magistrate Margret Wachira ruled that arrested persons have a right to be freed on bond or bail unless there are compelling reasons not to do so.
She underplayed the prosecution’s argument that the suspect’s release posed “a great danger” to the minor.
The magistrate noted that the minor’s theft charges had been dropped and she had been placed under protection.
“Having taken note of the development of the case that the minor’s case has been dropped and her life is safe, I release the accused on a bond of Sh400,000 or a surety of a similar amount,” she directed.
However, the magistrate prohibited the suspect from making any threats to any of the witnesses or any relative of the minor.
She warned that the bond would be cancelled if the accused breaches the court’s conditions.
The case has attracted great interest among rights groups and ordinary Kenyans, and on Wednesday, the courtroom was packed to capacity.
The Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (Fida-Kenya) is representing the minor.
The case will be mentioned on October 19 while the hearing has been slated for November 16.