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Jilted lover charged with pouring acid on ex-girlfriend

A jilted lover poured acid on his former girlfriend in a bid to kill her, a prosecutor told a court on Monday.

Mr Andrew Muigai, who was dismissed from the GSU over indiscipline, was charged before a Makadara court with the attempted murder of Ms Mary Wairimu Chege on November 21 2012.

The prosecution said the suspect has been having a pending warrant of arrest for two years after he went into hiding following the attack at the woman’s residence in the Nairobi’s Kayole estate.

He denied a charge of attempting to kill by pouring acid on his victim.

SEPARATE CASE

Mr Muigai was denied bail after the prosecution said he has a separate criminal case file in which he had been ordered to deposit his passport which indicated he was to travel to Afghanistan.

He returns to court today for a determination of his bail terms and setting of hearing dates for the case against his former lover.

The magistrate ordered that the other file be brought to court before further directions.

In the case of attempted murder, the prosecution stated that the assailant walked to his ex-girlfriend’s house and found her hanging washed clothes on a drying line before he told her to “say her last prayers.”

He then reportedly pulled out a small bottle and drenched the woman’s face and breasts “with a liquid.”

Neighbours then saw him walking away while the woman started screaming that “something was burning her.” They rushed to her rescue and poured cold water on the burns, but when the burning got worse, she was rushed to hospital and “was admitted in critical condition.”

UNDERGROUND

The suspect fled the scene without leaving the container behind, the case file states, and has since been underground until he was arrested recently in Nairobi.

The police had kept the file open pending the arrest of the known suspect, the prosecution said.

‘There was a warrant of arrest which was pending against the accused person…we request that bail be delayed till we sought out maters in the other file,” prosecutor angel Fuchaka said.

The suspects lawyer Evans Makori objected saying his client was arrested on December 1 and that the police had enough time to clear pending issues.

He said Mr Muigai was “not even aware that he had another pending matter and had only come to court to plead to the fresh charge of attempted murder.”