NAIROBI, Sep 13 – A Kenyan woman has been spared jail for hiring hitmen kill her husband after the couple promised a magistrate that they had patched up their differences, reports said on Friday.,
Businesswoman Faith Wairimu Maina walked to freedom after her husband, John Muthee, said he had forgiven her for trying to have him shot in the head and dumped in a ditch.
“I want to forgive her for the sake of our children and family,” reports quoted Muthee as telling a Nairobi magistrate.
“She is my wife and the mother of my children,” he told the court.
The woman was nabbed when she handed Sh40,000 ($450) to undercover policemen as a down payment on the job.
Reports said the woman wanted him shot in the head three times, and had promised to pay a further Sh160,000 upon the recovery of her husband’s bloodstained clothes and his bank card pin numbers.
Detectives said it was her second and possibly third attempt at having her allegedly unfaithful husband eliminated and that an earlier contract flopped when the would-be assassins got cold feet and ran off with the deposit.
But the woman’s lawyer, John Swaka, said the couple had agreed to patch things up.
“The court allows for such negotiations in litigation,” he was quoted as saying.
“They have sincerely buried the hatchet.”