A 72-year-old foreigner has been sentenced to 81 years in jail over child pornography following his arrest in 2020.
Thomas Scheller was intercepted by detectives in the child protection unit in Kwale County but managed to escape to Kisumu where he had gone into hiding.
He then moved to Ngara, Nairobi and was harbouring a 13-year-old boy from Dunga area, Kisumu County. He had introduced three of his victims to hard drugs but have since been taken to rehabilitation.
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“A 72-year-old foreigner who was arrested in 2020 after being linked to child pornography, has been sentenced to serve 81 years behind bars.
Thomas Scheller, was arrested by detectives from the Child Protection Unit on May 4, 2020, after the sleuths intercepted cyber tip line intelligence linking the convict to child pornography in Kwale County.
The convict who had escaped to Kisumu after realizing that detectives were closing in on him was finally arrested in Ngara, Nairobi, where he had harboured a 13-year-old boy. The minor had been trafficked from Dunga area in Kisumu.
Three victims who had been introduced to hard drugs by the pedophile were however rescued by the detectives and taken to rehabilitation centres.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations welcomes the ruling made this afternoon by Principal Magistrate Hon Carolyne Njagi, at the Milimani Law Courts.
We hope that the sentence brings some semblance of justice to the victims, relatives and friends of the children who suffered irreparably, from the beastly acts of the perpetrator,” said DCI