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Woman conspires with lover to steal from ex-husband

03 December 2013, 13:58 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A man has narrated to a Nyeri court how his wife and another man with whom she had an illicit affair secretly attempted to withdraw money from his bank account.

Paul Guandaru Gitonga, 26, told Nyeri Senior Principal Magistrate Susan Ngungi that he had separated his wife, Rachel Wairimu Wambugu, 23, due to domestic issues.

He said Rachel had an illicit love affair with a 21-year-old man, Godfrey Githigi Njagi, who conspired with Rachel to steal from Paul but their efforts were thwarted by Nyeri Equity bank cashiers.

Guandaru was giving evidence in a case accusing Rachel and Godfrey of stealing his national identity card and a temporary bank account card at Kinoo in Nairobi on October 19, 2013.

The court heard that Godfrey Githigi went to Nyeri Equity Bank with Guandaru’s documents and demanded to withdraw KES 5,000 from the account.

The cashier however discovered that there was a discrepancy between his signature and the one in the bank's record; furthermore he could not give some of the account holder's personal information.

Guandaru, who is a mechanic, said he lived with Rachel for six years in Nyeri as husband and wife and they had one child.

In the forth year of marriage, he said, heated arguments ensued from time to time, until May this year when they decided to settle the dispute with a local Chief.

“The chief advised us to separate after much deliberation and we even divided property. The chief however advised us to provide for the child’s school fees and upkeep,” recounted Guandaru.

“It was on November 2 when I received a phone call from Equity Bank Nyeri inquiring about the cash withdrawal,” Guandaru told the court.

He later went to the bank and was informed that Godfrey Githigi Njagi had attempted to steal his savings from the account but was arrested and handed to the police.

It was after police investigations that his separated wife, Rachel, was also arrested in connection to the offence.

The case continues as the prosecution adduces more witnesses in the matter.

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