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Father John Pesa: Cleric ordered to pay KSh 500k for illegally detaining KCSE student

Controversial Father John Pesa the head of Holy Ghost Coptic church has landed in yet another trouble after illegally detaining a KCSE student.

The Father was accused of chaining the boy for more than two years impeding his freedom.

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The court ordered John Pesa to Pay KSh 500,000 as compensation fee to the youth for detaining him and never allowed him to seat for his 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

The parents of the child explained that they took their son to the cleric for prayers when they noticed he was ill.

They took the boy to a neareby psychiatrist who confirmed that the boy was mentally disordered.

He added that the boy could be having problem in conctration and focus in class.

The Father the took the boy as per the wish of the parents and chained him with heavy metallic chains in 2017 – 2019.

John defended himself before the magistrate saying that he never tortured the boy in any manner.

He went on to blame the court for not checking the medical papers for further clarifications.

The High Court Judge Tripisa Cherere indicated that everyone has a right to education and should not be denied.

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“In this respect, I am persuaded that the 3rd Respondent not only failed in his duty to take the student to school but by removing him from school, also breached his right to education. Detaining him also subjected him to psychological torture,” she ruled on Thursday, October 22.

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