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Man who undressed wife in violent assault unable to pay bail

By Nyaboga Kiage September 28th, 2023 2 min read

A man accused of a brutal assault on his wife, where he allegedly undressed her before subjecting her to a vicious beating over suspicions of infidelity, remains behind bars after failing to secure his release on bail.

Julius Okoth Ouma, the accused, reportedly assaulted his wife, Isabela Nekesa, at their residence in Kawangware, Dagoretti North Sub-County, Nairobi County.

The incident unfolded on September 16, 2023, and led to Ouma’s arrest and subsequent arraignment in court.

On Tuesday, September 27, 2023, Julius Okoth Ouma appeared before the Kibera Law Courts, where he pleaded not guilty before Chief Magistrate Ann Mwangi.

According to Ms Nekesa’s account to the police, she had asked her husband for money to purchase vegetables in preparation for dinner.

However, instead of complying with her request, Ouma allegedly erupted angrily, launching a physical assault against her.

Disturbingly, she stated that this was not the first time her husband had subjected her to such violence.

“When I tried to ask him to provide for supper, he got angry and moments later started beating me up,” she recounted in her statement to the police. Fortunately, neighbors intervened, preventing further harm and calming Ouma down.

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Prosecutor John Meroka, during the court hearing, acknowledged that bail could be considered, but he pressed for stringent conditions given the gravity of the offense.

He argued that the alleged assault was serious, warranting a substantial bail amount.

In response, the magistrate granted bail but imposed a bond of Sh200,000 on Ouma, with an alternative bail option set at Sh100,000.

Additionally, the magistrate ruled that the accused should be provided with all witness statements and documentary evidence that the prosecution intends to rely on during the trial.

The case is scheduled for mention on October 10, 2023, when further directions will be provided as the legal proceedings progress. As of now, Mr. Ouma remains in police custody, awaiting fulfilling the bail conditions or further legal developments.

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