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Alcoholic woman jailed for neglecting child

17 October 2014, 22:57 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - A Nyeri woman has been imprisoned for eight months for neglecting her seven-month-old child at night.

Teresia Wairimu Wanjugu was jailed after she was found guilty of abandoning the said child on the night of August 2 and 3, this year at Chaka trading centre.

The court found that she had left her children lonely at night an act that caused them suffering.

While convicting her, senior resident magistrate Joann Wambliyanga observed that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt without any gaps.

During hearing the prosecution adduced three witnesses while the convict called none.

One of the witnesses, Agnes Wangui, who is the convict’s mother, told the court that Wairimu had four other children whom she was mistreating due to alcoholism.

Wangui who worked as a barmaid at Chaka trading centre said on the fateful night she (Wairimu) was very drunk and locked the minor alone in the house and left.

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The witness added that the convict refused working and was the one taking care of the other children all through.

In her sworn evidence, the convict denied the charges stating that she was well feeding and taking care of her children.

However, the court found that according to evidence availed Wairimu does not fend her children and the person who does that was her mother who was also living with the other children.

“It is very clear that the convict is always drunk and she locks up her children in the house. She had been given a prior warning for neglecting all her children on July 21, 2014,” the magistrate noted in the ruling.

The magistrate further observed that the convict was not caring about her children but only her personal satisfaction.

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