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Man jailed for 3 years for hammer attack

15 April 2014, 18:37 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri -  A middle aged man has been sentenced to serve a three-year-imprisonment term by a Nyeri court for hitting and severely injuring another man with a hammer.

Paul Nderitu, who claimed that he at times suffer mental illness was convicted for hitting Charles Wamugunda on his head with an industrial hammer on April 15, 2013 at Mathari village in Nyeri county.

The complainant while testifying told the court that on the day of the incident, he was on his way to work when he found Nderitu herding a cow and a heifer along the way.

He said after talking with him briefly, the convict followed, hit him on head and left him lying on the ground unconscious.

Wamugunda narrated that after some time he was rushed to hospital by members of the public where he was admitted for two months.

The medical report that was shown in court indicated that the complainant sustained a depressed skull fracture, had poor control of the tongue and facial muscles as a result of the assault.

Acting senior resident magistrate, Christine Wekesa said the prosecution gathered enough evidence to prove that the convict committed the offense but the motive behind the attack was unclear.

The court had earlier ordered Nderitu to be taken for medical checkup, and on all three occasions the results indicated that he was mentally fit and thus was allowed to stand the trial.

His claim of suffering from a mental illness was refuted by the court as the offense was termed to be serious and deserving a penalty of life imprisonment.

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