A Machakos man in Kenya has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for attempted murder over a 2016 incident when he chopped off his wife’s hands.
Stephen Ngila, 39, was given the sentence after he was found guilty of chopping off Jackline Mwende’s hands in 2016.
He was however given 14 days to appeal the ruling.
Stephen Ngila Nthenge attacked Jackline Mwende at their home in Masii with a machete on July 23, 2016, which also left her deaf in one ear.Both of her hands were also wholly severed and she sustained serious injuries to her head and back.
Mwende was slashed with a machete by her husband in what she initially described as a despite relating to her inability to conceive during their 7-year marriage. She later confessed that her infidelity was the main reason behind the brutal attack.
In her judgment, Machakos Law Court Justice Brenda Bartoo said the court had taken note the accused was not remorseful for the offense he was convicted of.
Mwende told the court her husband chopped off her hands with a machete because she could not bear him children/CFM
“The court notes that the offense committed was grave, and the victim in the statement does not wish for any restitution,” she outlined while giving factors that informed the term.
“Therefore I proceed and sentence you for the offense of attempted murder contrary to section 220(A) of penal code,” she added in her judgement.
The offense was committed at Mwala in Machakos County on July 25, 2016.
Mwende told the court her husband chopped off her hands with a machete because she could not bear him children