The Star (Nairobi)

9 January 2013

Kenya: Housekeeper Accused of Raping Tourist in South Coast

A case in which an employee of a beach resort in Diani was charged with allegedly raping a tourist was yesterday postponed after a Kwale court disqualified the interpreter.

Resident magistrate Abdulrahman Aminga disqualified the interpreter after the court found out she had played a role in the New Year Day incident.

Charles Kibegwa Ochieng 21, a room steward at Diani Sea Resort Hotel is accused of committing the offence. His case is being heard in the magistrate's chamber after an application by the tourist's lawyer Timothy Njeru to hear the matter privately.

The magistrate was forced to stop the case after learning that the translator, Aukse Karanauskaite is a friend of the victim.

Aukse is also alleged to have brought the rape victim -- Inga Puckoriute, 25 -- her medicine to clear a hangover after a night out.

"The translator played a role which is quite crucial. I don't find it appropriate to use her services," said Aminga.

He directed the prosecution to seek the services of another translator.

Puckoriute, a Lithuanian national and a Dutch resident, said the accused had gone to take some tissue paper rolls in her room at 11.00am.

The case will be heard on January 11 since the tourist will be leaving the country on January 13.

Ochieng who is unrepresented is out on a Sh50,000 bond.

A case in which an employee of a beach resort in Diani was charged for allegedly raping a tourist was yesterday adjourned after a Kwale court disqualified the interpreter.

Resident Magistrate Abdulrahman Aminga disqualified the interpreter after the court found out she played a role in the New Year day incidence.

In the case which was heard in the magistrate's chamber after an application by the tourist's lawyer Timothy Njeru, Charles Kibegwa Ochieng 21, a room steward at Diani Sea Resort Hotel in Kwale County is accused of committing the offence.

When the hearing was proceeding, the magistrate was forced to stop the case after learning that the translator, Aukse Karanauskaite is a friend to the victim, and the one who brought her medicine to clear a hangover after a night out.

"The translator played a role which is quite crucial. I don't find it appropriate to use her services," said Aminga.

He directed the prosecution to seek services on another translator. The case will be heard on January 11th since the tourist is due to leave the country on January 13.Ochieng who is unrepresented is out on a Sh.50,000 bond.

According to the complainant, Inga Puckoriute, 25, a Lithuanian national and a Dutch resident, the accused had gone to take some tissue paper rolls in the room at around 11.00am.

She told the court that the accused pulled a conversation with her asking her why she looked depressed.

"He asked me why I was depressed and I told her I had gone out on the New Year eve. He went out and after one hour, he came back with a telephone number and invited me to an African party. I however refused," she said through her translator.

She said the accused placed the number on the table and told her to call in-case she changed her mind. He then left the room after having a general conversation.

After a while, she also left the room to seek medication from friends who were at the beach who gave her sleeping pills, the court heard. It was at that point that the court realized the translator, was the friend.

In a statement to the police, Inga said the suspect came back after she had taken medication and was feeling drowsy.

"At around 4pm he came back and told me to undress. I only had a towel as I was from taking a bath earlier on. He removed his trouser and slept over me. I had no power to shout since I had taken medicine and I was weak so I started pushing him away."

"He went away and I immediately went for a shower as I was worried that I had been infected," reads the statement that the tourist had recorded.

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