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Women fined for fighting in public

By | April 29th 2009

By CCI Team

Three women were charged with causing a breach of peace in Nakuru.

Beth Wanjiku, Zipporah Wanjiku Ndung’u and Teresia Nyambura pleaded guilty before Principal Magistrate John Onyiego.

The three single mothers live at Mwisho wa Lami area and operate small-scale businesses.

On April 14, Wanjiku was in her house when Ndung’u confronted her that she was spreading rumours about her boyfriend.

They started fighting and Nyambura, sister to Ndung’u, joined her and they beat up Wanjiku.

Neighbours stopped the fight and escorted them to Mau Narok Police Station.

Nyambura later denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh5,000.

In mitigation, Wanjiku said she was defending herself from the two sisters.

"Zipporah claimed that I had stolen her boyfriend but that is not true," Wanjiku said.

Ndung’u prayed for leniency saying, "I am a single mother and my children depend on me."

Onyiego fine them Sh5,000 each or six months jail term.

Arsonist fined for punishing wife

A man who torched his houses to punish his wife over food has been fined Sh20,000 or six months imprisonment.

Ogembo Senior Resident Magistrate Lily Nafula heard that Peter Nyagwachi Mogoi, 54, set on fire two grass-thatched houses valued at Sh10,000 belonging to Clemensia Kemuma.

He pleaded guilty to the offence committed on April 4, at Mokomoni, Gucha District.

The accused went to the complainant’s home and after a quarrel; he beat her with a panga before torching the houses. The public tried to put out the fire in vain.

The accused, fearing for his life, presented himself at Magenche Police Post.

Some ashes and pieces of wood were presented in court as exhibits.

A social valuation report indicated that Mogoi arrived home drunk and demanded food. He refused to eat saying it was poorly cooked and lacked some ingredients.

He said he wanted to punish his wife for not preparing his meals well.

Youth in court for poaching snakes

A suspected snake poacher has been charged in a Kakamega court for being in possession of five reptiles valued at Sh500,000 without a permit from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

Isaac Amwoka, 24, denied the charge before Chief Magistrate Hedwig Ongudi and was released on Sh150,000 bond and a surety of the same amount.

KWS guards nabbed him at Kakamega Bus Park as he attempted to board a vehicle to Mombasa.

The vipers were taken to Kisumu Snake Park and the hearing set for June 10.

The court ordered that the reptiles be brought to court during the hearing as exhibit.

The snakes are among the rare species in Kakamega Forest.

The man is also facing a similar charge for an offence committed last year where he was found with two rhinorous vipers. The snakes were estimated to be worth Sh 3M.

KWS warden in-charge of Kakamega Mr Tom Amisi said the venom extracted from each of the captured reptile can fetch close to Sh1.5 million.

Man jailed for beating wife over infidelity

A man who assaulted his wife causing her grievous harm has been jailed for three years.

James Waweru Njoroge hit his wife on the head with a stool accusing her of infidelity.

Kibera Senior Resident Magistrate Margaret Kasera said it was wrong for Waweru to beat his wife over unfounded allegations.

Waweru committed the offence in Uthiru Estate Nairobi in October, last year.

The court maintained that there was a proper way of dealing with domestic disagreements.

The complainant told the court that her husband arrived home in the evening and started calling her a prostitute.

Good Samaritans rushed her to hospital after the incident.

In the same court, a mother who abandoned her two children was sentenced to three years or pay a fine of Sh50,000. Susan Njeri Wangui pleaded guilty to neglecting her son and daughter aged four and one respectively. On February 7, at Muthama shopping centre, she abandoned the children in a manner likely to cause unnecessary injury and health risk by denying them parental responsibility and breastfeeding.

The court heard that Njeri disappeared leaving her son at her matrimonial home and her daughter at her mother’s house.

The court maintained that it was cruel for a mother to abandon her children.

Food fiasco lands man in jail

A man who assaulted his mother for allegedly failing to serve him food has been sentenced to nine months by a Bomet court.

Senior Resident Magistrate Timothy Okello convicted Josephat Kipngetich Koech on his own plea of guilt.

Koech admitted beating his mother, Leah Rono, on April 2 at Kabusare, Bomet Central Division.

Chief Inspector of Police Charles Ngai told the court that Koech arrived home at around 8pm and demanded food.

Koech was drunk and picked up a blunt object and hit his mother on the head causing a deep cut.

"The complainant screamed for help and neighbours went to her rescue and rushed her to a nearby health centre where she was treated and discharged," Ngai told the court.

Koech was arrested by the villagers who frogmatched him to Bomet Police Station.

—By Stella Mwangi, Nancy Akinyi, Kenan Miruka , Roselyne Obala and Vitalis Kimutai

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