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Man charged with chopping off ex-girlfriend’s hand

A man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm in connection with an incident where he is accused of chopping off the arm of a high school girl who resisted her advances.

Joel Okongo is accused of severing the victim’s left hand in Kibera, Nairobi on April 22, 2022.

Okongo has also been charged with threatening to kill the minor’s brother after allegedly warning he would chop off his head.

Okongo and the minor who is a high school student were previously in a relationship but they broke up as she wanted to continue with her education.

The suspect had sought to revive the relationship with the minor during the school holidays but she declined his advances which angered the suspect who started issuing threats to her warning her of undisclosed consequences.

On the fateful day, the minor is said to have been returning to her parents’ house after visiting a relative when she was waylaid by the Okongo who allegedly aimed a panga at her neck but she shielded herself with her left hand which was severed. The hand was cut into two.

Okongo then escaped into the slums as the minor fell down bleeding profusely. She was rushed to a hospital from where she was referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Okongo denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Esther Bhoke of Kibera law courts.

He was released on a surety bond of Sh200, 000 and an alternative cash bail of Sh60, 000.

The case will be mentioned on June 21 before hearing starts on August 18.