Justice for Liz

Rapists in Kenya jailed for 15 years after original punishment of mowing the lawn

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Finally, there is “Justice for Liz”. The three men who gang-raped the teenage Kenyan girl were sentenced to 15 years in prison, after massive protests erupted when police initially punished the men by making them cut grass. The victim – known as Liz, to protect her identity – was brutally raped in 2013, while returning from her grandfather’s funeral and dumped in a sewer. The devastating attack left her in a wheelchair. When she was found, Liz said she was attacked by 6 men, and managed to identify three of them. The police chose not to prosecute them, however, and made them mow the lawn around their police office instead. Spurred by local and international outrage and an online petition which gathered more than 1.8 million signatures, the case was referred to the country’s judicial watchdog. The men have now been tried, and were each sentenced to 15 years for gang rape and seven years for causing grievous harm. According to her mother, Liz was happy that justice had finally been served.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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