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Man in court for damaging ex-employer’s car during fight over woman

A 27-year-old man who allegedly smashed his former employer’s car’s windscreen after they fought over the ex-boss’ wife was charged with malicious damage to property contrary to section 339 (1) of the Penal Code.

Ephantus Macharia is accused of destroying a car windscreen valued at Sh45,000 belonging to Leonard Njau at the Telaviv area in Embakasi in Nairobi on August 11, 2023.

Mr Macharia has also been charged with creating a disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace contrary to section 95 (1) of the Penal Code after he allegedly hurled insults at Mr Njau and threatened to finish his family on the same date.

The accused person and complainant had fought inside Njau’s house before Mr Macharia allegedly caused the damage.

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Mr Njau had previously fired Mr Macharia who worked for him as a driver over suspicion of having a love affair with his wife.

On the material day, the accused person had gone to Mr Njau’s house with six other men to clear himself of allegations of having an affair with the complainant’s wife.

Mr Njau allowed him in and locked out the other men. The two, however, disagreed and started fighting inside Mr Njau’s house. Mr Njau eventually overpowered the accused person and threw him out of the house.

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After leaving Mr Njau’s house, Mr Macharia allegedly smashed the car’s windscreen in anger. He later proceeded to Mr Njau’s business in the Industrial Area with goons and attempted to set it ablaze but was stopped by security guards.

The matter was then reported at Lungalunga Police Station and Mr Macharia was arrested.

The suspect, who appeared in court with a bandaged hand, denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Gerald Mutiso of Makadara Law Courts.

He was released on a bond of Sh100,000 and a surety of a similar amount. The case will be mentioned September 6, 2023 for a pretrial.

Mr Njau’s wife, who has also denied having a love affair with the suspect, is listed as witness in the case.

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