In Nairobi, a jilted man who beat up his estranged girlfriend after she kicked him out of her house in Nairobi pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully assaulting her.
Elvis Mwanza,33, was charged with willfully and unlawfully assaulting Mercy Wanjiru along Mfangano Street in downtown Nairobi on March 18 this year contrary to section 251 of the Penal Code.
He confessed to the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi of the Makadara Law Courts.
On the day of the incident, Wanjiru, aged 40, was working at her fruit-selling business when Mwanza entered the shop and began eating the fruits without paying.
He then proceeded to throw away some of the fruits.
Wanjiru tried to stop him, but Mwanza became violent, assaulting her and damaging her belongings.
Members of the public intervened and rescued Wanjiru, forcing Mwanza to flee the scene.
The complainant who had sustained injuries on the head and hands after she was floored by Mr Mwanza was taken to a hospital where she was treated before reporting the matter to Kamukunji police station.
Police investigations established that the two were formerly lovers and Ms Wanjiru had previously kept Mwanza in her house because he was homeless, but they broke up and she kicked him out before he decided to revenge, to compel her into accepting him back.
However, their relationship ended, and she asked him to leave.
Mwanza had been following her before the assault, seeking revenge to compel her into accepting him back.
In court, Mwanza, a porter in the area, claimed that Wanjiru was his wife and that they were facing difficulties.
The magistrate advised him to wait until the prosecution presented the case’s facts and exhibits, including Wanjiru’s treatment notes, before he could present his side.
The case is scheduled to be mentioned on October 26, at which point the prosecutor will provide the necessary evidence, and Mwanza will be convicted and sentenced accordingly.