British national Keith Morris who defiled Kenyan children jailed for 17 years
- He would buy their families gifts such as clothing and pay school fees for the children to gain their trust.
- British media reported that the locksmith paid for them to stay in hotel rooms with him.
- The Kilifi community viewed him as a "patriarchal figure" but he still went as far as taking advantage of a girl whose father had died.
Keith Morris, a British national who was found guilty of defiling and bribing children in in Kilifi, has ben sentenced to 17 years in prison.
A statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said Morris was also handed another 18months for trying to interfere with the case.
“Keith Morris, a British national has been sentenced to 17years for the sexual offenses he committed whilst on holiday in Kenya and 18 months consecutive for the attempt to pervert the course of Justice,” the DCI said on Twitter.
Investigations that were jointly carried out by Kenyan and British police revealed that Keith Morris bribed the victims so that they would allude to his innocence.
Evidence presented at the Leeds Crown Court in the UK, where the case was heard, also showed that Morris befriended the children for a period of 20 years.
He would buy their families gifts such as clothing and pay school fees for the children to gain their trust.
British media further reported that Keith Morris, a locksmith, bought the children meals and paid for them to stay in hotel rooms with him.
According to the BBC, the community in Kilifi County viewed him as a “patriarchal figure” but he still went as far as taking advantage of a girl whose father had died.
“The abuse only stopped when Morris, of New Bridge Road, Hull, was arrested in February 2017 after a fellow British tourist grew suspicious of his demeanour around the children.
“After the arrest he attempted to transfer money to people he knew in Kenya in order to convince them to help clear his name,” BBC reports.
A headline on London’s HullLive said Judge’s stinging remarks as Hull locksmith Keith Morris jailed for raping underage girls.
“There is no doubt that you used your elevated and financially powerful position to access the girls.
“You preyed upon the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable.
“The evidence showed the abject poverty of the inhabitants of the village. You chose the weakest of the girls in the village and preyed upon them,” the report on the HullLive website reads.
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