Court Slaps Father John Pesa with 500K Fine for Detaining Form Four Student

Court has ordered Kisumu Holy Ghost Coptic Church of Africa Cleric Father John Pesa to pay Ksh 500,000 as compensation fee to a 2017 form four student he detained for nearly two years. 

Father John Pesa was accused of detaining the student from July 2017 to May 2019 a thing that forced the student to miss the national exams. 

According to the boys parents, they took their son for prayers at the Cleric’s after establishing he was sick.

Reports indicate that Pesa detained the boy in question using heavy metallic chains and refused to release the boy when his parents wanted him released.

A Kisumu based psychiatrist confirmed the matter revealing that the student was mentally ill, a condition which deterred him from focusing in his studies.

The controversial cleric has, however, refuted claims that he tortured the student, arguing that the court failed to provide documents substantiating the matter.

In the the High Court Judge Tripisa Cherere ruling, she argued that every person has a right to education which should not be jeopardized because of one’s religious beliefs, adding that the boy’s freedom of movement was also violated. 

“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,” the judge ruled.

Pesa made headlines after claiming that his life was in danger after visiting the Deputy President William Ruto’s Sugoi home.

“They told me to produce the money Ruto gave me the failure to which they would kill me. I wonder why someone would threaten to kill me yet I did not get a cent from the visit. I did not see any money,” Pesa stated.

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