In Summary
  • They are also accused of jointly conspiring to mislead investigating officers in order to obstruct the course of justice.
  • Investigating officer Elizabeth Waithanji, in an affidavit, said investigations will go as far as Uganda.
  • The magistrate allowed the father access to the infant who will be taken to a children's home.

A woman accused of stealing an eight-month-old baby in Mombasa on Monday shocked the court when she revealed that she rescued the infant from the mother who wanted to kill herself and the minor.

Margaret Wairimu Kihiko denied stealing the minor but informed the court that Joyce Wairimu, who is the baby’s mother, wanted to kill her.

“I have not committed any offence. I simply rescued the baby. Its mother wanted to kill herself together [and] the minor. I have evidence,” the woman told Shanzu Senior Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache.

The suspect insisted she did not steal the infant and that Ms Wairimu handed it over to her.

CHARGES

Ms Kihiko, Ms Wairimu and Ms Susan Nyambura were charged with child stealing, conspiracy to defeat justice and interfere with witnesses and compounding a felony.

The charge sheet indicates that the suspects jointly and fraudulently took the minor with the intent to deprive Peter Kairu Kinuthia, the parent who had lawful charge, of the possession of the child.

They are also accused of jointly conspiring to mislead investigating officers in order to obstruct the course of justice and also intimidate witnesses.

Ms Nyambura and Ms Kihiko are further accused of compounding a felony, where they are charged that they jointly agreed to receive a child for themselves upon an agreement that they will conceal an offence of child stealing.

Ms Wairimu, who wept during the entire court session, further was charged with the offence of giving false information to the police and also with child neglect.

STOLEN

The court heard that the suspect informed Police Constable Billy Onyango that the infant had been stolen, information the police said she knew to be false, intending to have the officer circulate information that the child was lost.

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