Woman stabs ‘deadbeat’ husband, court slaps her back with hefty sentence

A woman from Kisumu was reportedly aggrieved by her husband, leading he to brutally stabbing him in the chest, ending his life.

According to witnesses, the couple would severally disagree, but this was the first time they ever got physically violent.

The woman, Chemutai Ongeri, 29, said conflicts resulted from her husband’s inability to fend for the family. They had two children aged three and nine.

Ongeri claimed that her husband John Openda, who worked as a night guard turned aggressive when she asked him to provide for the family.

On the other hand, the man’s family said claims of infidelity by the woman led to the conflicts.

Appearing before Kisumu Principal Magistrate Joan Wambilyanga, Ongeri was on Tuesday found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to a hefty 25 years in prison.

“Following the seriousness of the offence, I, under Section 202 as read with Section 205, find the accused guilty deserving a jail sentence of 25 years,” said Mr Wambilyanga. The magistrate found that Chemutai beat up Openda before stabbing him.

A report of a postmortem examination done on May 10, last year showed Openda had a stab wound on the left side of his chest. It showed the knife penetrated to the 11th rib, leaving him with a serious wound.

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