In Summary
  • A single mother of three, Muendi had her hands cut off at the wrist and the right leg was cut off slightly above the knee.

  • She limped into the courtroom on an artificial foot and would scratch the scalp with the stumps of her arms.

  • Outside the court, Ms Muendi told Nation that she was satisfied with the court’s ruling.

A man who chopped off his estranged lover’s hands and leg using a panga during 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.”

SURGERY

A single mother of three, Muendi had her hands cut off at the wrist and the right leg was cut off slightly above the knee. She underwent surgery, blood transfusion and skin grafting at Makindu Hospital.

On Wednesday, she limped into the courtroom on an artificial foot and would scratch the scalp with the stumps of her arms.

Ms Muendi’s lover-turned-foe had accused her of philandering.

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