Conje freed after accuser drops charges

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NAIROBI, Kenya, March 23- Former world middle-weight boxing champion Conjestina Achieng is now a free woman after she reached an out of court settlement with her landlord.

She was set to appear before the court Friday morning to answer to charges of unlawfully assaulting her close friend cum land lady Fridah Adhiambo and occasioning her actual bodily harm after the pair differed.

The accuser decided to withdraw her case against Achieng after a private session in the Senior Resident Magistrate Teresia Mwangi’s chambers at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi.

“The plaintiff has decided to not to continue with the case but has requested ‘Conje’ to move out of her house,” her father Clement Adalla told Capital Sport after emerging from the chambers.

She was arrested on Monday after Adhiambo reported to authorities about the February 23 incident that occurred at the Lucky Summer Estate in the city.

The prosecution had lined up four witnesses but Mwangi in her discretion sought to listen to the case in her chambers.

Conjestina appeared calm and even waved to the crowd outside the court before she was led back to the cells. The complainant declined to speak about the incident.

“Conjestina had appeared before the court on Monday where she was required to have a medical check-up at Mathari Mental Hospital but was instead given an appointment on March 29,” her father added.

Early last year the pugilist who placed women boxing on Kenya’s map was admitted at the facility but was released after making full recovery and was expected to make a speedy return to the ring.

Her last match was to be staged in Kisumu mid last year where she was to face Ugandan Sabina Namagga in a non title super welter fight but it aborted in the last minute after she fell out with the organizers of the bout.

Conjestina took to the ring in 2000 inspired by her elder brother Joseph Kusimba who is a former boxer too.

She made her professional debut in June 2002 in Nairobi, after winning a four-round bout over fellow Kenyan Naomi Wanjiku.

The “Hands of stone” is arguably Kenya’s most accomplished female boxer known for her courage that saw her even challenge Boxing Legend’s Muhamad Ali’s daughter International Women’s Boxing Federation Super Middleweight Champion Laila Ali.

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