UK pensioner convicted of raping children in Kenya

Kenya- Prosecutors said a 72-year-old British man was convicted on Tuesday of raping two children in Kenya after a trial in Britain in which one of his victims gave evidence from Africa via video-link.

Keith Morris befriended several families living in a Kenyan village over a period of around 20 years and gave them money and gifts, as well as paying for medical treatment and children’s education.

Morris visits to the village, he would take groups of children out of the village for day trips and often invited them to stay in hotel rooms.

Britian’s Crown Prosection Service said in a statement he would then buy the children sweets, make-up and take them out for meals.

In Leeds Crown Court, northern England was found guilty of sexually assaulting and raping two of the girls on several occasions in 2016 and 2017.

The charges come after concerns were raised by a hotel guest, an investigation was launched by Britain’s National Crime Agency and the Kenyan Police Child Protection Unit.

Morris was eventually arrested in Britain in February 2017.

Kate Hurst, from Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement,  “Under the guise of supporting Kenyan families, Keith Morris used his position of trust to abuse two young girls in his case,”

“Both victims had the courage to describe what happened to them, including one victim giving evidence via video link from Kenya,” she said.

Morris has been convicted of four counts of rape, three counts of assault by penetration, four counts of sexual assault and two counts of perverting the course of justice after trying to persuade the victims to withdraw their complaints against him.

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