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Life sentence for Makueni man who cut off lover’s hands, leg

Judith Muendi the victim of the incident.

The man who chopped off his estranged lover’s hands and leg using a panga after a domestic quarrel two years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Reuben Kivuva alias Cameroon, 35, attacked Ms Judith Muendi, 28, on December 13, 2015, at their rented house at Emali township, Makueni County.

And at a Makindu court Wednesday, Senior Resident Magistrate Gerald Mutiso found Kivuva guilty of attempting to kill Ms Muendi.

“I have considered the accused’s mitigation that he is a father of three children, a husband of an epileptic wife and a son of a diabetic mother,” said Mr Mutiso.

“I have also considered the victim’s impact report, which indicates that the victim (complainant) is now totally dependent on her mother to wash her, dress her and cook for her.

“The violence meted out by you, the accused, upon a helpless woman in cold blood is mind-boggling.”

Prosecutor Tito Wanga had called for the maximum sentence, saying Kivuva intended to kill his lover.

Through lawyer Francis Mwangangi, the convict had offered his motorcycle worth Sh150,000 to Ms Muendi and her family as reparation. But the court ordered that it be confiscated and given to Ms Muendi to use as she deemed fit.

Kivuva was also ordered to pay Sh7 million for the victim’s medical bill.

Outside the court, Ms Muendi said that she was satisfied with the court’s ruling.

“This attack has affected my entire family. I’m now dependent on my mother and my siblings, who depended on me for their upkeep, have suffered [due to] lack of provisions,” said Ms Muendi.

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