Fr Benard Magina Masinde, a Catholic priest at Kipsaina Parish in Trans Nzoia County was charged with attempting to defile a minor.

He appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Mutai, was also charged with committing an indecent act against the 11-year-old girl who is also a church dancer.

He was accused of committing the offences on September 15, 2018, at Kipsaina trading centre in Cherangany Sub-county.

Kerosene

According to the minor's mother, on the material day at around 7pm, she sent her daughter to Kipsaina to buy kerosene but she took long to return home.

"I decided to go look for her at the trading centre only to find her inside a vehicle which was parked by the road with the priest who was half naked," she said.

She immediately raised an alarm alerting the public who apprehended the priest and took him to the nearest police station.

Not guilty

The accused pleaded not guilty and was released on a surety bond of Sh300,000.

The case will be heard on October 1.