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Rugby Players Wanyama, Mahaga to remain in custody for one more week as Court Postpones their Sentencing to Next Week Friday

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,9TH AUG 2019-Rugby players Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba Mahaga will remain in custody for a week for awaiting their sentencing  on Friday, August 16 at 2 pm. The two are facing rape  charges.

Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku on Thursday found them guilty of rape and was scheduled to sentence them today Friday 9th, August, 2019.

Ms Mutuku has however ordered that the two be held for a week pending their sentencing.

Their lawyers  argued that the two had already gone through  turbulent moment  ranging from being ridiculed publicly  and have been forced to discontinue their education since they were  charged with raping singer Wendy Kemunto.

The lawyers further  told the court to take into account that when the incident took place, all parties were intoxicated.

The defense also asked for a noncustodial sentence that will help Wanyama who is under contract to play for teams in Helsinki and Philadelphia and Alex who plays for Kenya Harlequins, pursue their education and rugby careers.

Their lawyer also told the court that the defendant was at the time of the incident 24 years old and should have guided the players who at the time were 23 and 22 years of age.

Rugby Players Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba Mahaga in Court|COURTESY

But the prosecution recommended that the players be sentenced to 15 years in jail to serve as a lesson to the youths.

“It is high time rape is declared a national disaster. It will send a message to the youth that it is not cool to take advantage of another because of gender,” it said.

In April 2018  Kemunto through her Instagram post accused Alex and Wanyama of gang raping her at an apartment in Highrise after a night out in February.

“I was slipping in and out of consciousness, maybe due to shock but I was helpless. I could not fight two men who play rugby professionally. Obviously, they were stronger, hence, I let them do whatever they wanted to do the whole night.

I could have reported the case to the police but I was in denial, shock, pain and exhausted. I did not want to report also because of the profile of one of these rugby players.”

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