By Wachira Mwangi
A Muslim cleric has been charged in a Shanzu court in Mombasa with molesting his three-year-old daughter.
Mohamed Ahmed alias Ustadhi, who appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache, denied the charges.
The court heard that the accused defiled the minor when her mother had gone to attend to other duties away from home.
According to the charge sheet, the accused defiled the girl on diverse dates between July 2013 and 2015 at Kwa Bullo, in Kisauni Sub County, Mombasa County.
The accused faces a second charge of committing an indecent act to the minor.
The magistrate, however, declined to grant the accused bond until the minor testifies saying that cases of defilement were on the rise.
“I have lots of cases of defilement and I decline to release the accused on bond. Most times parents have been compromised and in other cases we have had parents and victims disappearing,” the magistrate said.
She ordered that the accused be remanded at the Shimo La Tewa Maximum Prison for two weeks pending the hearing of the matter.
The magistrate also ordered that the minor to be taken to a psychiatrist to determine whether she is fit to testify.
The case will be heard in July 19, 2016.