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Man charged with burning his mother’s house

A man who reported to have locked his mother inside her house before setting it ablaze has been charged with arson at the Kibera Law Courts.

Joseph Njuguna, 27, is said to have reacted in anger upon realizing her mother had delayed in preparing dinner.

He is accused of wilfully and unlawfully setting the house worth Sh1.3 million on fire in Dagorretti, in Nairobi, on November 6.

Njuguna is said to have returned home drunk and found his mother cooking. He reportedly demanded food immediately but his mother told him to go to his room and wait for food and he went away grumbling that he would do something.

He is said to have returned to his mother and caused a confrontation with her before leaving.

Moments later, she realised the house was on fire and the gate had been closed.

She screamed for help prompting neighbours to rescue her.

Nothing was salvaged in the house as the fire had spread to all rooms and gutted down the house and all household items estimated to cost Sh1.3 million.

Members of the public launched a manhunt for the suspect who they found hiding at his drinking buddies’ and beat him up thoroughly before his mother rescued him and took him to hospital where he was arrested by police.

He denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Esther Bhoke.

The suspect was released on a Sh500,000 bond and his case will be mentioned on November 22.