• The court heard that she also suffered a deep cut on the eyebrow as indicated in the P3 form.

A 35-year-old man has today been convicted by a Makueni court to ten years in prison for causing grievous harm to his wife.

 Peter Mutisya who appeared before the Chief Magistrate James Mwaniki pleaded guilty to the charge of causing grievous harm to his wife Mercy Mutua who is a nurse at Nziu Health Centre.

The accused committed the act on April 25, 2021, at Nziu Health Centre at around 8.30 pm, where he stabbed his wife in the abdomen, shoulder and fractured her rib on a fateful day.

The court heard that she also suffered a deep cut on the eyebrow as indicated in the P3 form.

Giving his defence, Mutisya admitted stabbing his wife with a knife, however, he said it was out of anger and self-defence, saying Mercy had tried to harm him with the knife.

"As I was trying to get the knife away from her unfortunately I accidentally stabbed her in the right eye, the other injuries from her shoulder and abdomen was out of anger," Mutisya narrated to the court.

Giving her evidence before the court, Damaris Masila (house help) confirmed that the couple had an argument that ensued due to the wife who was caught cheating on her husband.

In his ruling, the chief magistrate said that cases of gender-based violence warrant a life sentence and considering the preference of the same and mitigation by the accused, I hereby sentence the accused to ten years’ imprisonment.

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