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Elopement drama: Man charged with threatening ‘mother-in-law’

In a disturbing incident that occurred in Mukuru kwa Reuben Slums, Nairobi, a 29-year-old man, Mr. Suleiman Nyongesa, was charged with the offence of threatening to kill his “mother-in-law,” Ms Catherine Mueni.

The incident unfolded on July 7 when Ms Mueni visited Nyongesa’s house to collect her daughter.

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The accused is now facing charges under section 223 (1) of the Penal Code for allegedly issuing death threats to Ms. Mueni.

Nyongesa is alleged to have uttered the words “toka hapa ama nikukatakate into pieces” (leave this place or I will cut you into pieces) to Ms Mueni while holding a panga.

Ms Mueni had gone to Nyongesa’s house after she learnt that her 18- year – old daughter expected to join the university in a few months, was living with the accused person after eloping with him.

Then Mr Nyongesa emerged from the house and allegedly ordered her to leave before he sliced her into pieces.

Ms Mueni’s daughter completed high school last year and her mother brought her to Nairobi a few months ago to undertake basic computer studies for computer literacy before enrolling at the university later this year.

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However, she fell in love with Nyongesa, a security guard before he took her to his rural home in Kakamega County.

Ms Mueni travelled to Nyongesa’s home in Western Kenya where she found her daughter and brought her to Nairobi after she was informed of her whereabouts.

However, Ms Mueni’s daughter fled home after a few days and went to live with Nyongesa who had also returned to Nairobi, prompting the complainant to go fetch her from the suspect’s house before he allegedly threatened to kill her.

Ms Mueni reported the matter to the police, and investigations started.

Mr Nyongesa was traced and arrested in Pipeline Estate in Embakasi where he had relocated with Ms Mueni’s daughter.

He denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia of the Makadara Law Courts and sought for lenient bail and bond terms through an advocate.

He was granted a bond of Sh50, 000 and an alternative cash bail of a similar amount.

The case will be mentioned on September 14 before the trial starts on January 24, 2024.

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