Pressure is mounting on police in Kisumu West Sub-County to apprehend and charge a 38-year-old man alleged to have defiled a minor four days ago.
The suspect, a mason, is said to have defiled a 12-year-old girl on Saturday afternoon in Okore Ogonda Location, Kisumu County.
According to a source who sought anonymity, the victim was selling sardines door to door when she was accosted by the man.
The suspect is said to have lured the girl into his house and defiled her repeatedly.
THREATENED WITH KNIFE
"When she entered the house, the perpetrator drew a kitchen knife and threatened to harm her if she made any noise," said the source.
He then tied her up using a rope before defiling her several times.
"He released her at 5pm while in so much pain. She, however, managed to get home and reported the incident to her mother," he added.
The minor was rushed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital where the doctors confirmed that she had been defiled.
The minor's mother then went to Kogony Police Station and reported the incident.
SUSPECT AT LARGE
Contacted by phone, Kisumu West OCPD Edward Kangara said the suspect is still at large as he went into hiding immediately after the incident.
According to Mr Kangara, police are tracking his phone and hope to arrest him.
"We are still on the lookout for the suspect. We also encourage members of the public to help us arrest him. Such people have no place in Kisumu West," he said.
"We have been to the suspect's home several times to try and arrest him but our efforts have been futile," he added.
He advised parents to avoid exposing their children to child labour which is now a common practice. He urged them to always be on the lookout for their children during the coronavirus pandemic, following the increase in the number of sexual assault cases.