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Woman accuses husband of neglecting responsibilities

02 January 2014, 16:23 Joseph Njung’e

Nyeri - There was a bitter exchange of words between a couple in Nyeri law courts when the wife accused her husband of abandoning his parental duty of educating their children.

Drama unfolded when Charles Kihara who is accused of setting his wife’s clothes on fire, was asked to mitigate by Resident Magistrate John Aringo after he was found guilty of the offence.

Things took a wrong turn when his wife Beatrice Njoki rose up to refute claims by  Kihara who was mitigating in the court pleading to be pardoned saying he was the one taking care of the children's education.

Njoki told the court that she has been paying the school fees for their children who are in secondary school since last year after her husband abandoned the responsibility.

“When the children completed class eight, my husband refused to pay for their secondary education and told me to educate them,” Njoki said claiming that that was when the problems began.

However, Kihara in response said he was paying the school fees until he was charged with the offence early last year and remanded for some time.

He added that since his release on bond, he has not been able to find a meaningful source of income to meet the family’s needs.

Kihara has been charged with burning his wife’s clothes valued at KES.60,000, on March 25, 2013 at King’ong’o estate within Nyeri town.

The accused who has so far denied the offence is said to have went home drunk on the material day, where he started a fight with his wife before burning her clothes and threatening to kill her.

The magistrate however did not issue any order but directed that he be put in custody for two weeks awaiting a community service order report.

The matter will be mentioned on January 13, 2014.

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