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Daily Nation : February 13th 2014
8 | National News ROW| Husband accuses her of washing dirty linen in public Teacher gets 3 years for beating his wife She was his pupil and dropped out of school aged 14 when he impregnated her BY DAVID MACHARIA @DavidMacharia1 firstname.lastname@example.org A retired teacher was yesterday jailed for three years (non-custodial) for beating his wife of 46 years. The court heard that the brutality lasted for four decades. Cyrus Kanyi, 73, pleaded guilty to physically assaulting his wife, Esther Muthoni, at the family’s home in Keriita village, Nyandarua county on January 15. He was also accused of attempting to strangle her. A probation report presented to court before the conviction showed that the couple had a difficult marriage. Kanyi was Ms Muthoni’s teacher in primary school and she dropped out of the school at the tender of 14 to get married to him when she became pregnant. Since then, Ms Muthoni told the court, she had never known peace. For the last 20 years, the couple has never shared a bed. They sleep in separate rooms and he only storms into his wife’s bedroom to have sex. “The couple started sleep- ing in separate beds two years into their marriage. This exacerbated their squabbles as Kanyi only storms in her room to demand conjugal rights without considering her feelings,” said Nyandarua North probation officer Mary Munyi Kanyi has never considered her as a wife but perceives her as the pupil he met in school,” Probation report ‘‘ in her report to the court. The report also attributes the couple’s woes to their courtship some 40 years ago. “Kanyi, who married Muthoni (his pupil) after impregnating her at the age of 14, has never considered her a wife but perceives her as the pupil he met,” reads the report. Kanyi on the other hand accused his wife of exposing their family affairs to the public while the wife accused him of marital rape and violence. Divided house Before resident magistrate Peter Muholi handed him the three-year non-custodial sentence, Kanyi asked for forgiveness, saying he was sorry for mistreating his wife. During the three years, the man is supposed to attend marriage counselling classes, keep the peace and ensure the family is united or he will go to jail. The dispute has divided the family with the couple’s nine children split between the two. The youngest lives with the mother in her father’s home. CEREMONY | Kidero opens House DAILY NATION Thursday February 13, 2014 Alcoblow case urgent, rules judge BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A case seeking to stop police from using the Alcoblow was yesterday certified as urgent. High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi directed a motorist who lodged the petition to serve the Attorney General and the National Transport and Safety Authority with the suit papers before Friday, when the parties return to court for further orders. Mr Richard Dickson Ogendo, through lawyer Gitobu Imanyara, filed the petition, saying, the breathalyser is unhygienic and its use violates the Constitution. Humiliating The High Court outlawed its use in 2006 after drivers raised similar concerns, but the authority reintroduced it early this year. Mr Imanyara argued that the manner in which the Alcoblow rules were being enforced amounted to humiliation and breach of a persons “inherent dignity.” “Calling the media to record usage of the breathalyser contravenes the right to be respected,” Mr Imanyara said. Mr Imanyara also claimed the EVANS HABIL | NATION Nairobi County askaris mount a guard of honour outside City Hall in Nairobi yesterday during the opening of the County Assembly. Another picture on back page police were using the gadget to make money. He said the law prohibits reliance on self-incriminating evidence. Drink-driving attracts a Sh 100,000 penalty or imprisonment for two years.
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