Kibera senior principal magistrate Philip Mutua declined to proceed with a case against a youthful man who pleaded guilty to charges of sodomising his neighbour’s five-year-old son and remanded him in police custody to think twice about how to plead to the charges.
The man had pleaded guilty to defilement charges twice despite a warning that he was facing a serious offence that attracts life imprisonment.
The suspect was charged with committing the offence in Westlands Sub County, Nairobi on October 26 and was given time to think about how to respond.
He was to be charged with an alternative count of committing an indecent act with the minor on the same day, which was not read out to him after he admitted the main charge.
Mr Mutua stopped prosecution counsel Allan Mogere from proceeding with reading the facts of the case and directed that the man be held at Kabete police station until Monday when the charges will be read to him again before the matter proceeds.
The child had been left home as parents went out for work and was to go to a neighbour’s house where he and his siblings spend their days when their parents are away.
But the man woke him up to take him to the neighbor but committed the heinous act before taking him there.
The child reported the incident to the mother later that day.