Housewife who killed husband for cheating agrees to manslaughter charge
A 23-year-old housewife who knifed her husband to death after she suspected that he was cheating on him is seeking to change her plea after entering into a deal with the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
Ms Eunice Karimi John sobbed as she addressed Lady Justice Roselyn Korir about her intention to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter as opposed to facing murder charges.
The current charge against her is that of murdering Gerald Ndegwa Njogu at their Riruta city residence on February 17, 2013.
“Your Ladyship, I will plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter so that I can go back to the society and bring up our three children. I regret my action and after soul searching, I am remorseful.
“Since 2013 when I was detained at the Langata Womens Prison my children have suffered a big deal. I urge you allow me to change my plea,” said Eunice.
But there was a hitch when the DPP’s office failed to have an impact report from the family of the deceased.
Eunice’s lawyer, Kennedy Araka Nyachoti, offered to assist the DPP locate family members of the deceased so that they can be interviewed on whether they have any objection to the accused being freed after the “successful plea bargain”.
CHANGE OF MIND
Justice Korir indulged the request by the DPP to avail the impact report from the family of the deceased. She also warned the accused from changing her mind.
The judge was presented with a signed testament between the defence, the DPPs office and the accused.
“Karimi has been properly advised on the change of plea,” Mr Nyachoti told the judge.