DPP set to appeal against Kitui high court’s decision to acquit father Mwove

The complainant, Veronicah Musali Mutua, broke into a wail outside the courtroom claiming that the court had denied her justice Photo by Yobesh Onwong’a.

Director of Public Prosecution, Kitui is set to appeal against Kitui high court’s decision to acquit father Mwove who was accused of assaulting a woman and child born out of their relationship.

According Senior State Counsel Bonnie Okemwa, DPP has already given notice of appeal to Kitui High court and that it has started scaling the proceeding.

We’ve gotten the proceeding and we’re scaling the proceeding with an aim of appealing court’s decision. The Magistrate deviated from wht was in record as there was sufficient evidence” Bonny Okwema, DPP said.

Father Mwove was on December 3, 2015 arraigned before the then Principal Magistrate Esther Boke facing the criminal charges which he was accused of committing at Muthale village in Mutonguni location, Kitui West, on November 16, 2015 at about 10 pm.

Acquitting Father Japheth Mwove, Chief Magistrate Stephen Mbungi noted that there was no evidence to link the priest to the attack that left the woman (Veronica Mutua) with serious injuries and her child disabled after suffering a blow to the head.

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According to the testimony of Veronica, Mwove had earlier denied fathering the child but only caved in when DNA results proved he was the biological father.

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