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Foulmouthed teacher risks imprisonment for insulting his mother

A primary school teacher in Embu was on Thursday fined Sh5,000 or face a six month imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to creating a disturbance by insulting his mother.

Mr Edwin Macharia Kariuki admitted to committing the offence that had the potential of causing a breach of peace at their home in Kiandundu village, before Senior Resident Magistrate Samuel Mutai.

On the material day, Mr Kariuki is said to have arrived home and found his mother, Rosemary Kariuki, talking to a neighbour who had come to ask for some assistance, a thing that incensed Mr Kariuki.


It is then that Kariuki sought the attention of his mother seeking to find out why she was talking to the neighbour. But she ignored him and locked the door.

He then started banging on the door and when his mother stayed put, he began hurling insults at her. It is reported that at one point he called a prostitute.

It is then that his father arrived and reported the matter to Itabua Police Station, leading to his arrest on January 29.

In mitigation, Mr Kariuki pleaded for leniency saying his career as a teacher would suffer if he was jailed.

He offered to initiate reconciliation with his parents to ensure cohesive co-existence.

The magistrate noted that the offence was serious as it amounted to disrespect to the parents but encouraged Mr Kariuki to mend fences with the parents.