On Friday, March 10, three-year-old Baby Sagini, whose formal name is Junior Sagini, testified in a Kisii Court via video link and directly implicated his grandmother, Rael Nyakerario, accusing her of gouging out his eyes.
He narrated that Nyakerario first hit him on the head before committing the heinous act.
The minor made the revelation while giving the testimony before Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Ogweno at Kisii Law Courts.
Considering that the case involves a minor, a court official patiently spoke to the minor in order to get information from him.
A collage photo of Babu Sagini and his mother on December 21, 2022.
To keep him safe from more harm, the state, under the Child Welfare Society of Kenya, took up the responsibility of taking care of him.
Baby Sagini went missing in early December and was later found on his uncle’s maize plantation in Marani, Kisii County.
Dr. Dan Kiage who worked on his case noted, “Unfortunately since all the eyes were gouged, there is really nothing under the sun that can make this child see again, no technology or knowledge that can make this child see again.”
The cruel act shocked the nation causing hue and cry from across the country. National leaders spoke up saying that the perpetrators should be brought to book.
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was among the many people who were willing to pay for the three-year-old’s treatment but were restrained. The former Governor had not followed proper procedure.
In December, when the case was first mentioned, the three suspects in the case, Pacifica Nyakerario, Alex Ochogo, and Rael Nyakerario, entered a plea of not guilty.
Initially, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) intended to charge the 3 suspects with attempted murder. They were to be charged under Section 220 of the Penal Code. However, the ODPP dropped the charge and chose to charge them causing grievous bodily harm.
The Children Act section 18 concerning torture and deprivation of liberty states, “No child shall be subjected to torture, cruel treatment or punishment, unlawful arrest or deprivation of liberty.”
It is suspected the case emanated from a family dispute about land pitting members of his family against each other.
A collage of baby Sagini at the hospital (left) and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (right).
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