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Woman in court for assaulting estranged husband

A 34-year-old woman who allegedly struck her estranged husband with a stone in Mathare 4A area in Nairobi after accusing him of stealing their child is facing charges of assault contrary to section 251 of the penal code.

Ms Karen Anyango is accused of assaulting and causing bodily harm on Philip Muithya in an incident that happened on May 8, 2023.

Mr Muithya was heading to work around 6am when the accused person allegedly hit him on the shoulder with a stone before a man who accompanied her grabbed and started strangling the complainant.

Ms Anyango allegedly called the complainant a thief and accused him of having stolen their child. Mr Muithya was rescued by members of the public.

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The matter was reported to the police who conducted the investigations and established that the two were embroiled in a court tussle over the custody of the under age child.

The suspect was arrested for the offence of assault. She denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi of the Makadara Law Courts and claimed that Mr Muithya wanted to take away the child from her despite having been granted custody by a children’s court.

She was released on a cash bail of Sh5000. The case will be mentioned on August 14, 2023 for a pre-trial and fixing of hearing dates.

A few months ago, a 53-year-old woman, who allegedly scalded her husband’s face with a substance suspected to be acidic, was charged with assaulting him.

Ms Ann Njambi, a businesswoman, is accused of unlawfully assaulting and causing bodily harm on Anthony Mwangi at their house at Balozi estate in Muthaiga North, Nairobi on April 1, 2023.

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Mr Mwangi was leaving the bathroom around 8am when his wife splashed the substance on his face before descending on him punches while demanding money.

Mr Mwangi escaped to safety outside the house and called police officers who proceeded to his house and rescued him.

The officers arrested Ms Njambi and escorted her to Muthaiga Police Station as Mr Mwangi proceeded to the hospital to seek treatment.

He returned to the hospital the following day where he was informed that he had been splashed with a suspected poisonous chemical that had affected his skin.

Ms Njambi denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti of Makadara Law Courts. She is out on a cash bail of Sh15,000 pending trial.

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