The Managing Director of popular JAVA Coffee House was yesterday arraigned in court and charged with defiling two Kenyan minors aged 13 and 14 years old.
A calm looking 41 year old Jon Cardon Wagner appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Muketi for mentioning on Friday when city lawyer Mohammed Nyaoga pleaded with the court to grant his client cash bail. Wagner, who is an American citizen, was ordered undergo a DNA test and then remanded at the Muthangari Police Station until Monday when the magistrate is expected to make a ruling on the bail application. Officials of the US Embassy were seen taking notes in the courtroom on Friday. The case shall be heard on August 26, 2008.
One police officer speaking on condition of anonymity revealed that they made a decision to arrest and charge Wagner after they had been able to establish that hotelier paid two women a total of about US$500 to lure the girls, whose identity remains unknown, from their homes in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi to his residence in the upmarket Lavington estate. In addition to the current charge, police are said to be investigating at least two new complaints of statutory rape against the American, which were received at Muthangari Police Station following media coverage of Wagner's arrest Thursday. A sign that police are taking the matter seriously could be seen when Wagner’s arrest was conducted in person by the Muthangari OCS while journalists from the mainstream media were summoned to witness the arrest.
According to Kenyan law, (Penal Code Chapter 145. Defilement of girls under 16 years), any person who ‘unlawfully and carnally knows’ any girl under the age of sixteen years is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment with hard labour for life. Additionally, any person who ‘attempts to unlawful carnal knowledge’ of a girl under the age of sixteen years is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment with hard labour for life.
Discreet inquiries by this blogger reveal that tens of innocent Kenyan girls have fallen victim to Wagner's insatiable sex-drive. Indeed, many of the hundreds of girls who have been employed at Java as waitresses, cashiers and supervisors have had to be forced into sleeping with Wagner before collecting their employment letters at the firm’s head-office at ABC Place along Waiyaki Way. In one shocking incident, this blogger was able to trace one of the girls – originally from Western Kenya – who confessed to having been appointed a restaurant manager in one of the Java outlets despite her obvious lack of experience or qualifications in the hospitality industry after Wagner allegedly slept with her over a period of time and also allegedly infected her with the HIV virus.
During Wagner’s widely publicized arrest, one young damsel emerged from the stately home clutching a handbag and calmly walked out of the gate and on to the road towards the bus stop. In Nairobi upper class restaurant circles, Wagner’s sexual escapades are a poorly kept secret and it is indeed surprising that it has taken police nearly a decade to catch up with this notorious sex pest.
Nairobi Java House began a culture of gourmet coffee drinking in Nairobi nine years ago and has grown to have eight posh coffee shops in the capital and around the suburbs employing hundreds of Kenyans. Java is hugely popular with upper upper-class Kenyans, tourists and expatriates. The Java group also exports Kenyan coffee to USA and Western Europe.