A 17-year-old girl sued for beating colleague who exposed her HIV status to classmates

A 17-year-old girl sued for beating colleague who exposed her HIV status to classmates

- A 17-year-old form one student in Kakamega county charged with assaulting and causing grievous harm to her classmate

- The girl claimed to have been pushed into the action by the victim through continuous mockery over her HIV status.

- The girl's charge details indicate that she slapped her severally before taking a machete hidden within her skirt and slashing the victim on both feet, right hand and on the head.

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A form one student in Likuyani, Kakamega County has been charged with assaulting his classmate.

While appearing before Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa the girl who claimed to be 17- years - old defended her actions, saying her classmate aged 14 had let out a secret that she was HIV positive.

She said the move by her classmate had exposed her to constant mockery and stigmatization leading her to drop out of school.

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She was arrested in Nakuru over the weekend and accused of attacking her classmate using a panga on February 5, 2018 at 5.00am when she was going to school before disappearing.

"You are reported to have slapped the complainant severally before cutting her on the head, legs and hands making her to bleed excessively..." read the prosecutor.

The accused girl pleaded guilty to the charges but urged the court to pardon her and protect her from stigma, saying if it were not for her friend's action she would have not committed the offense.

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"The complainant was my close friend and knew my status but things changed when she went out public and told my classmates to avoid sharing stationery and other material with me because i would infect them," she told the court.

She told the court that she was born with the condition and had never told anyone outside her family except the friend that she schooled with at primary school.

The mother of the attacked girl claimed that the accused was a stubborn girl that had dropped out of school.

"She is stubborn and intentionally hurt my child, she has been a thorn in the flesh of her family members and no one has come to help her out of police custody because they are tired," said the mother of the assaulted girl.

Mr Obulutsa directed the girl be taken for age assessment and detained at the Juvenile Remand Home in Eldoret ahead of the production of probation report, to determine is she will serve a non-custodial sentence.

The matter will be mentioned on March 12 to confirm the findings of the probation report.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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