- The child trafficking case was featured on TV
- The prosecution proved it case
- The court directed the two be remanded Langata womens prison and Industrial Area
Milimani law court has convicted two social workers, Selina Adundo and Fred Leparan, accused of trafficking three infants three years ago at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi.
Trial magistrate Esther Kimilu in her decision said that the prosecution has established a case against the suspects.
“The two knowing that they had a duty of care of these three children, exposed the children to abuse and therefore the two are guiltyof the offence as charged,” court noted.
It was the court finding that the two acted in disregard of the social workers’ ethics.
The magistrate further took note of exposè saying that it was evident from the video that there were talks of children between Fred, the whistleblower and Rose who had posed as the buyer of the children.
“…..if Rose was to get one child why would he not let the other two go as per the discharge?” Court posed.
The court said that Fred just decided to hand over the children to Rose against the acts and ethics of social workers
The prosecution told the court that between March 1, 2020, and November 16, 2020, at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Embakasi Central within Nairobi, jointly with others not before the court they conspired to commit a felony of trafficking.
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During the hearing, one of the witnesses narrated to the court how Fred Leparan took Ksh.300,000 from a journalist in an illegal sale of abandoned babies at the hospital.
Leparan had asked the woman named as Rose the gender she preferred, to which she replied that gender did not matter adding that she wanted a healthy child
The court ordered the convicts to be remanded at the Industrial Area and Langata Women’s Prison awaiting sentencing in October, 2023.