A mother shocked a Kitale court last week when she testified that she wailed helplessly when she saw her 11-year-old daughter locked in a car with a half-naked Catholic priest.
The woman was testifying in case where Fr Bernard Magina Masinde of Kipsaina Parish in Trans-Nzoia is charged with attempted defilement and an alternative count of caressing a minor’s genitals.
The priest is charged with committing the offence on the 15th of this month at Kipsaina trading centre in Cherangany Sub-county, an accusation he denied.
The minor’s mother told the court that on the material day of the offence at around 7pm, she sent her daughter to Kipsaina centre to buy kerosene but the girl took too long to return home.
She then walked to the centre to find out what had happened with her only to spot her daughter – a church dancer, in a parked vehicle together with the priest.
“On closer scrutiny I spotted the priest who was half naked and my daughter,” she told the court.
She immediately raised an alarm alerting the public who apprehended the priest and took him to the nearest police station.
The accused priest is out on bond of Sh300, 000 and a surety of similar amount awaiting further hearing of the case .