The accused in court

A mother should be the first and last line of defence for her young. That is the general trope in all of nature. The female of the species cares for and nurtures her young.

But sometimes that motherly instinct is not present with some moms becoming the cause of their children’s suffering. A recent case shows illustrates this rare occurrence.

Initially, Naomi Wamaitha Njeri, was charged with killing baby Peninah Wanjiru Mwangi on March 2013 at Karoha village, Kiambu County.

Njeri had earlier denied the accusation but after testimonies by four prosecution witnesses, in 2017, the prosecution and defence entered into a plea-bargain agreement which saw the charges reduced to manslaughter.

Njeri had since secured another job as house help in Eastleigh and was in a relationship with a matatu driver with whom they lived together. Since she had not disclosed to him she had children, the man kicked them out and an attempt by the mother to get some placement for her children proved futile.

The accused divulged she contemplated ending her life together with her kids, who she now viewed as a stumbling block, due to desperation.

She decided to serve them with tea laced with poisonous pesticide leading to the death of the baby girl and subsequent hospitalisation of her brother, who is currently admitted to a children’s home.

In his ruling on Thursday, April 12, Justice James Wakiaga noted rehabilitation was the best sentence to the convict. According to Citizen digital, the judge said:

“I am of the considered view that sentence of eight years be served as follows: five years imprisonment from 2013 when the convict first appeared in court to date; three years thereafter on probation to continue with rehabilitation programs.”

Sad what the children had to go through. Sad.

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