A Kenyan court sentences a German athlete to a Ksh 70,000 ($601) fine or six months in prison for cyber harassment in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The harassment took the form of text and Social media messages sent to a Kenyan athlete who also trains in Iten were intended to raise fears that something bad could happen to her.
Weiss Marvin Valentin, 25, has been arrested for sending disruptions in four counts Messages to the athlete that he wanted to have a romantic relationship with, but his advances were turned down.
“The defendant was interested in a romantic affair at the camp with the mentioned athlete, who declined such advances. He persistently but unsuccessfully tried to lure her, despite being warned about his indecent behavior by other athletes and even the coach,” reads the report submitted by the prosecutor.
Mr Valentin confessed to guilty of the four counts before Iten Senior Magistrate Caroline Ateya.
The court ruled that he should leave the country within 72 hours of paying the fine or serving his sentence, otherwise he would be deported.
The German national was charged with sending disturbing messages three times and malicious information to Regina Nguria the fourth time.
The court heard that on April 20, 2022, at an undisclosed location in Kenya, he received a Ms Nguria had sent text messages to: “You have (sic) my blood on your hands. Tomorrow I will go to heaven and you will go to hell…” Prosecutors said the news scared Ms Nguria.
A week later, he commented on a photo that Ms Nguria had tagged on Instagram , and said: ” It was the plan of both of you to break my spirit by catching me (sic) on return to Kenya. Soon the woman left will burn in hell…”
On the same day, the accused commented on a photo on the same social media platform with the words: “Hopefully Regina will be dead in a few days.”
To mitigate himself, the defendant told the court, “The news excuses me. Send me home for medication because I’m sick.”
His coach, Elkana Ruto, told Nation Sport that the athlete is an introvert who rarely gets along with the rest of the group (Cloudnine Athletics Camp), but that he had repeatedly warned him about his lewd behavior.
“I have received several complaints from ladies who have accused him of being annoying with his sexual advances. We reported the matter to the police when we saw that the problem was getting out of hand,” said Mr. Ruto.