Alex Olaba, Frank Wanyama sentenced to 15 years in prison in rape case


Alex Olaba, Frank Wanyama sentenced to 15 years in prison in rape case
File image of rugby player Alex Mahaga Olaba. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The former Kenyan international rugby players were been found guilty of rape charges following the verdict delivered on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at a Nairobi court.
  • Magistrate Martha Mutuku, while handing down the sentence said the victim was traumatised by the event which took place at Seefa apartments in Highrise, Nairobi on February 11, 2018.

Rugby players Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama have been sentenced to 15 years in prison each after they were found guilty of raping a woman in 2018.

The former Kenyan international rugby players were been found guilty of gang rape charges following the verdict delivered on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at a Nairobi court.

Magistrate Martha Mutuku, while handing down the sentence said the victim, a local musician, was traumatised by the event which took place at Seefa apartments in Highrise, Nairobi on February 11, 2018.

“The complainant was traumatised hence a deterrent sentence is necessary,” she ruled.

In her statement to the police, the victim claimed that on the fateful day, which was her birthday, she attended a party in Kilimani where the two rugby players were present.

She noted that she only knew one of the two rugby players and after a night of merry-making, she went home with them.

It was then, she claimed, that they took advantage of her inebriated state and raped her repeatedly, refusing to take no for an answer. In their statements, the players maintained that sexual contact was consensual.

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