//Hunt for suspect extends to Hindu temples in Kenya

Hunt for suspect extends to Hindu temples in Kenya

By Harold Ayodo, The Standard, Kenya,  Thursday June 15, 2006

The search for Ramanuja Guru,  who was an administrator of Little Gokul Children Centre, accused of defiling a minor has been extended to Hindu temples countrywide.

The case prosecutor, Kennedy Limera, on Wednesday told Kisumu Chief Magistrate Hedwig Ong’udi that police had alerted their colleagues countrywide to arrest Ramanuja Guru, who has jumped bail.
"Your Honour, police officers have also been dispatched to Nairobi to trace the accused, including in Hindu temples. We pray for more time to make the arrest," Limera.

Guru allegedly defiled the orphan on April 25 at Dunga. He faces an alternative charge of indecently assaulting the minor by touching her private parts.

Guru, who is out on a Sh50,000 cash bail, failed to appear in court three times. Several warrants of arrest have been issued against him. He was first arraigned before Senior Resident Magistrate Wilfrida Mokaya, where he denied the charges.

Senior Principal Magistrate Abdul El-Kindy ordered the investigating officer to appear in court last week, to explain why the accused was still at large.

Ong’udi issued yet another warrant of arrest against suspected defiler after the prosecutor expressed fears that he might flee the country. Limera said he had learnt from the investigating officer and the local education office that Guru might abscond.

Ong’udi ordered the case to be mentioned on June 15 for further court action.