Wife assaulted for demanding sex

November 9, 2010 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Nov 9 – A Nyahururu court was told on Tuesday how a man assaulted his wife with a metal bar injuring her severely on the head, after she allegedly demanded her conjugal rights.

Boniface Kinyanjui, 40, is said to have gone to their home at Busara estate within Ol-Joro-Orok Township of Nyandarua County in the wee hours of September 23 while drunk, and immediately picked a quarrel with his wife.

Susan Muringe told district magistrate Victor Kiptoon that her husband woke her and the children up when he kicked the door and immediately started hurling abuses at his family as he demanded food.

She narrated how she warmed the food and served him before asking him to join her in bed after he was through with his dinner. The man informed her that he would sleep on the couch and ordered her to go back to sleep.

The wife said that it was at that juncture that she confronted him and told him that he was denying her of conjugal rights and making her extremely uncomfortable. For that reason, she threatened to leave him.

The court heard that the remarks made Mr Kinyanjui furious and he immediately set upon her with kicks and blows before he picked a metal bar and hit her on the head.

Ms Muringe said she escaped from the house after the enraged husband threatened to kill her and the children and then commit suicide.

Testifying in the cases she filed against her husband, Ms Muringe told the court that she sought accommodation at a relative\’s house nearby before seeking treatment for her injuries and later reporting the incident to police the following day.

On cross-examination by the husband who wanted to know whether he provided for his family, Ms Muringe said that he provided material needs for his family but added that she feared that his excessive drinking behaviour had negatively affected his sexual prowess which had caused her too much stress in her marriage.

Mr Kinyanjui has denied assaulting and causing grievous bodily harm to his wife.  The hearing continues on November 29.


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