Bishop Handed 75 Year Jail term For Infecting Minors With HIV

Clergyman handed 75 year jail sentence for defilement

A man in handcuffs

A Kisumu court on Tuesday sentenced a priest to 75 years in jail for defiling three minors and intentionally infecting one of them with HIV.

Joseph Agutu Obala was reportedly living with the three minors — two aged 15 and the other 14 — at an orphanage.

Defilement

Kisumu Senior Resident Magistrate Pauline Mbulika found the clergyman guilty of three counts of defilement and deliberate transmission of HIV.

Each of the defilement offences earned Bishop Obala sentences of 20 years while the latter crime earned him 15 years in jail.

The accused is said to have committed the crimes between April and July 2016 and was also accused of touching the minors inappropriately in their private parts.

In his defense, the Bishop claimed the charges were fabricated and accused the girls of using his phone, while he was away, to communicate with their boyfriends.

The clergyman further accused one of the minors of framing him after allegedly refusing to sponsor her education.

Counter Suit

He added that there was no proof that he is the one who got one of the victims infected with HIV.

Lawyer Steve Akoko said he will appeal the whole judgement and check whether there was full compliance with the law during the trial.

“The bishop is a layman so he could have missed procedures or technicalities during the trial," the lawyer stated.

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