Man confesses to murdering Catholic priest who was sodomizing him, infected him with STD

Man confesses to murdering Catholic priest who was sodomizing him, infected him with STD

A Catholic Priest, Michael Kyengo Maingi was found buried in a shallow grave in October 2019, in Meru Kenya. The priest went missing on October 8, 2019, and found in a shallow grave at the banks of River Mashamba in Mbeere Sub-county.

Two people were arrested and charged for the murder in 2019, and today, one of the accused has confessed to the murder, with extenuating circumstances.

Michael Muthinji, who pleaded guilty of the offense before Embu Resident judge Lucy Njuguna, said that the priest sexually molested him several times before he got fed up and stabbed him to death in October 2019. He had denied the charge when he was first charged in 2019.

Muthinji will be sentenced on November 8, 2021 after the probation report is tabled in court for evaluation.

State counsel Leah Mati told the court Muthinji fled and was arrested in Kilifi where he had been hiding after the murder before he was arraigned to face murder charges alongside his two other co-accused; Kavivya Mwangangi and Solomon Mutava. 

Michael Maingi, the priest, was 43-years-old priest based at Thatha Parish in Machakos County and had been serving in the Catholic Church for decades before.

Through his lawyer, Michael Munthinji confessed that in 2017 the priest, who was initially his mentor and was paying his school fees, had started making sexual advances towards him and kept referring to him as ‘babe’, ‘sweetheart’ among other names before he sodomized him. 

The accused told the court that one day the priest spiked his drink and drugged him, only to wake up and find that he had been sodomised.

When he sought to know why the priest had sexually assaulted him, the priest allegedly said he had all the right since the accused person had nothing to pay for all the favours he had accorded him.

“Kama nime kuumiza pole sana chukua pesa nimeweka juu ya meza ukanunue dawa chemist wacha nikimbie kazi Muthinji,” he told the court of what the priest replied. (If i hurt you, am sorry, take the money i have left on the table and go buy some drugs at the chemist, am rushing to Muthinji for work)

It is at this point the accused says he became angry and despised himself, even turning suicidal as he could not understand why the person who was his mentor had turned into a beast.

He told the court that this went on for sometime and led him to be suicidal as he had lost his dignity but things took a turn for the worst when the deceased told him he had infected him with a sexually transmitted disease.

The accused said the priest’s statement got him furious, leading him to knock him unconscious. He then stabbed him and slit his throat before stashing his body in a gunny bag.

Muthinji said he was remorseful, urging the court to pardon him arguing that he is a young man who can reform and do something meaningful with his life in the society.

Father Maingi’s body was found stuffed in a gunny bag with the throat slit.

The case comes at a time the Catholic Church is facing increasing scrutiny over issues of child molestation and sexual abuse. Kenya has been on the spotlight for cases of sexual abuse by priests on minors, both boys and girls, though a thorough investigation nor prosecution are yet to be done.

Earlier this month, a scathing report showed that more than 200,000 children had been sexually abused by about 3,000 Catholic Clergy in France. The report was coming after a similar report from Canada where mass graves, victims of child abuse by the Catholic Church were discovered.

French Catholic Clergy sexually abused more than 216,000 children, mostly boys

French Catholic Clergy sexually abused more than 216,000 children, mostly boys

French Catholic clergy sexually abused more than 216,000 children over the past 70 years, a major investigation released on Tuesday found, and its authors said the Catholic Church had turned a blind eye to the ‘scourge’ for too long.

The head of the inquiry said there were at least 2,900-3,200 abusers, and accused the Church of showing a “cruel indifference towards the victims”.

Most of the victims were boys, he said, many of them aged between 10 and 13.

“Faced with this scourge, for a very long time the Catholic Church’s immediate reaction was to protect itself as an institution and it has shown complete, even cruel, indifference to those having suffered abuse,” the report said.

The revelations, which showed the problem in France was more widespread than previously thought, were the latest to rock the Roman Catholic Church, after a series of sexual abuse scandals around the world, often involving children.

François Devaux, who is also the founder of the victims’ association La Parole Libérée (Freed speech), said there had been a “betrayal of trust, betrayal of morale, betrayal of children”.

The inquiry found the number of children abused in France could rise to 330,000, when taking into account abuses committed by lay members of the Church, such as teachers at Catholic schools.

For Mr Devaux it marked a turning point in France’s history: “You have finally given institutional recognition to victims of all the Church’s responsibility – something that bishops and the Pope have not yet been prepared to do.”

According to the Vatican statement, the Pope learnt about the report after he met visiting French bishops in the last few days.

“His first thoughts are for the victims, with a deep sadness for their wounds and gratitude for their courage in coming forward,” it read.

“His thoughts also turn to the Church in France, and that, in recognising these terrible events and united by the suffering of the Lord for his most vulnerable children, it can take the path of redemption.”

The head of the French conference of bishops, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, said the church was shamed. Calling the report a “bombshell”, he asked for forgiveness and promised to act.

The commission was established by Catholic bishops in France at the end of 2018 to shed light on abuses and restore public confidence in the church at a time of dwindling congregations. It has worked independently from the church.

Sauve said the problem was still there. He added that the church had until the 2000s shown complete indifference to victims and that it only started to really change its attitude in 2015-2016.


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