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KenGen engineer in court for beating wife

By Joseph Ndunda September 19th, 2023 2 min read

A Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) staffer who allegedly battered and injured his wife after accusing her of infidelity was charged with assault and causing actual bodily harm contrary to section 251 of the Penal Code.

Martin Karanja Kihiko, a civil engineer at KenGen’s Kisumu offices, is accused of unlawfully assaulting Benadate Waithira and causing her injuries at their house in Muthaiga North, Nairobi, on September 16.

Mr Kihiko was arrested by officers at the Muthaiga Police Station, where he had followed Ms Waithera, and detained there.

The complainant had driven into the police station to take cover after Mr Kihiko started tracing her immediately. She left a hospital where she had gone for treatment following the alleged assault.

The complainant returned home on Saturday after visiting a village in Kiambu where she had spent the night and found her husband had returned home and disorganized the house before leaving.

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She traced him to Thika town using his friends and met him there.

On their way back, the suspect allegedly argued with the complainant, accusing her of infidelity.

On arrival at home, the suspect allegedly beat her up, injuring her mouth, neck, and chest.

He also allegedly attempted to hit her car with his as she fled home to the hospital, but she sped off towards the hospital as he followed her.

She fled while making distress calls to the police and went for treatment while bleeding from her nose and mouth.

The suspect denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwany of the Makadara Law Courts and sought lenient bail and bond terms.

He told Ms Okwany that he and the complainant don’t live in the same house, claiming he lives in Kisumu, where he works. He was released on a cash bail of Sh20,000.

The case will be mentioned on November 19 before the hearing starts on March 20 next year.

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