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Man accused of punching wife in domestic dispute

A businessman has denied beating up his estranged wife and instead accused her of planning to grab his house.

Stephen Githu was charged with assaulting and causing bodily injuries to Ann Wangui at Bundalangi village in Kasarani, Nairobi, on August 27, 2022, contrary to section 251 of the penal code.

Court heard that Muniu and Wangui were in their house when the accused person received a phone call from his second wife who enquired about Ms. Wangui’s daughter which angered Wangui.

A quarrel ensued and Muniu allegedly punched the complainant on the left shoulder and injured her.

Ms. Wangui made a report at Mwiki police station and was advised to seek treatment first.

After treatment, she recorded a statement and Muniu was arrested.

Ms. Wangui told Senior Resident Magistrate Mercy Malingu through a lawyer that Mr. Muniu threatened to kill her.

She said she has reported him to the police but no action has been taken.

She said she is scheduled for surgery owing to injuries she sustained during the alleged assault.

She said they separated in March this year and sought restraint orders stopping the accused person from visiting her house and threatening her.

But Mr. Muniu trashed the claims. He said the claims including the assault charges arise from a dispute where Ms. Wangui wants to grab his house.

He said that his estranged wife is colluding with her brother, village elders, and some officials to forge documents to claim his house and the orders sought amounted to denying him access to his house.

Ms. Malingu did not give the orders sought by Ms. Wangui but instead directed the couple to keep the peace during the hearing of the case.

She released Mr. Muniu on a cash bail of Sh20, 000. The case will be mentioned on November 1 before hearing starts on February 1 next year.

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