A woman has been found guilty of murdering her husband, dismembering his body and dumping the body parts in a quarry at Machakos County.
Mary Njoki Ng’ang’a, 50, was on Thursday convicted of brutally executing her husband in cold-blood at Kangemi estate Nairobi by cutting up his body into small pieces then stuffing the body parts in a travelling bag.
The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi was told how Njoki wrapped the parts with bed sheets which she dumped in a quarry at Lukenya in Athi River Machakos County three years ago.
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Quarry workers would later discover the rotting body parts after noticing a strong stench and many flies swarming over it.
The workers notified the police about their discovery and when the bag was retrieved, the rotting body of a male adult was found inside.
The court was also told how Ms Njoki had reported to the police the alleged kidnapping of the deceased by a three-man gang which she claimed attacked them at their Kangemi residence in Nairobi County on the night of December 14/15, 2015.
The accused also reportedly told her children that the attackers ambushed them inside their five bed-room house at Marenga, assaulted and left her for dead before kidnapping their father, James Ng’ang’a Ritho, who at the time was a 60-year-old petroleum dealer.
While convicting the accused, Lady Justice Stellah Mutuku dismissed her defense, terming it as a fabricated story to cover-up the accused’s heinous actions which ended the life of her husband of 30 years.”
Lady Justice Mutuku ruled that
“This court finds that state prosecutor Ms Mercel Ikol proved beyond reasonable doubt that you premeditated the killing of your husband. You are hereby convicted for the offence of murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code,”
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In mitigation, Ms Njoki said she is remorseful and highly regrets her actions which resulted into her husband’s death.
Pleading wit the Judge she says
“I’m pleading with this court to consider handing me a non-custodial sentence since I’m a Guild Women leader of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA),”
She also told the court that while in custody, following her arrest, she studied theology and has been awarded a Diploma by the University of PCEA and had decided to devout the rest of her life preaching the gospel.
“I’m a reformed person as I stand before you. Sometime one makes mistake in life then regrets as I do. Give me a second chance.”
But the judge reserved her sentence until the probation department avails a victim impact report from the children of the deceased, his brothers and sisters plus extended family members about the accused.
The accused will remains in remand until October 25, 2018 when her fate will be determined by the court.