It is the police who killed my baby, Samantha’s mother told the court

Lencer Achieng, the mother to baby Samantha Pendo was today in Kisumu Law Court before Magistrate Berily Omollo to testify on what transpired on the night of August 12, 2017 when her six-month old baby was clobbered by police.

According to her, the police officers were eight in number and had full riot gear. They broke into their house at around midnight, descended on her husband with beatings. On seeing this, she grabbed her daughter Pendo as she pleaded with the officers to spare her and the baby. “One officer heard my plea and allowed me to pass.” She continued, “This did not auger well with the other officer standing before me, he almost hit me with a club but I blocked him with my left hand. Another managed to hit me on my back and when I turned, the one in front hit my baby,” she told the magistrate as tears dropped down her cheeks.

“Pendo grabbed and held me tightly. When I looked at her face, foam was coming out of her mouth and the left side of her head was swollen. I started crying thinking they had killed my only child,” she paused.

The officers later retreated and asked Samantha’s father to carry out first aid on his daughter.

She told the court that they were joined by neighbours who helped them take baby Samantha to hospital. Baby Pendo later succumbed to injuries at Aga Khan hospital.

The hearing will continue till the 21 witnesses as has been organized by the prosecution team, give their account.

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