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Woman faked abduction to con husband, court told

21 March 2014, 11:34 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A police officer on Friday narrated to a Nyeri court how a woman attempted to swindle her husband out of KES 30 000 by claiming that she had been abducted alongside their one-year-old daughter.

Constable Ferdinand Kazungu told Resident Magistrate John Aringo that Lydia Mukami attempted to con her husband, Joel Wang’ombe by pretending that she had been kidnapped by goons who were demanding a ransom of KES 30 000.

Kazungu told the court that Mukami, who has been charged alongside her accomplice Abdul Rahman Hassan, left her home with the child, claiming that she was taking her for treatment at a nearby dispensary.

He continued that the suspect never returned home that evening, but contacted her husband five days later through a phone text message, claiming she had been kidnapped and gang raped by the alleged abductors.

According to Kazungu, Mukami told the husband that the kidnappers wanted the KES 30 000 ransom wired to them before they could release his wife and daughter.

The officer said she met the accused for the first time on May 23, 3013 at the Dog Police Unit in Ruring’u area, Nyeri town, when she was reporting the alleged kidnapping incident.

Another witness, Constable Agnes Thuranira said Mukami reported that she had been dumped at the station by the goons after her husband failed to pay the ransom.

The suspect however accused the police of framing her, claiming they did not even bother to take her to the hospital for medical examination over the rape allegations she had lodged.

The two, Lydia Mukami and Abdul Rahman Hassan, have jointly been charged for conspiring to unlawfully obtain the said money from the complainant on diverse dates between May 17 and 22, 2013 at Ruring’u area.

They are out on bond of KES 80 000. The hearing of the case continues on April 23, 2014.

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