A pastor was yesterday arrested for allegedly defiling an eight-year-old girl at Milano area in Muyeye village, Malindi town. It is alleged that the pastor from Mountain of Miracle church lured the standard two girl into his church from 6pm to 1am , when she was discovered at the store. Purity Katana, the girl's aunt, said they looked for her everywhere when they realised she was missing.
Speaking to journalists at the police station, Purity said she alerted neighbours and community policing members who began a search for the minor. "We looked for her everywhere in vain until we got a hint that she had been found with the pastor and managed to find her in the clergy's room,'' she said. She said the girl was on the bed of the pastor in the same building that houses the church which is only two weeks old.
The minor's aunt said the girl complained of pains from her private parts an indication that raised suspicion of having been defiled. Christopher Kingi a community policing member said he received a call from the girl's parents at 1.30am informing him of her disappearance. "I immediately rushed to the scene where the pastor had already been found with the girl and was being taken to the police station by angry members of the public," he said.
Kingi said he had to intervene to save the pastor from being lynched by the mob. They took the suspect to the police station and the girl to Malindi District Hospital for a medical examination. Malindi deputy police chief Willy Simba confirmed the arrest saying the pastor is being held at the station to be interrogated to establish whether he defiled the girl.