NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4 – Police were on Thursday investigating a case in which a 22 year-old woman was battered by her husband in Langata.
The assault was captured by neighbours on a video that went viral on social media.
Langata Police Chief Elijah Maina told Capital FM News that Juster Kawira was expected to fill in a P3 form to aid in the probe.
He explained that some of the neighbours who rescued her after she was battered are also yet to record statements to help police with the investigations.
“We are waiting for the victim to fill in a P3 form which is a requirement for such an investigation. We have neighbours who took the girl to the hospital and witnessed the attack, but up to now most of them have not recorded their statements with us.”
Maina said medical reports were an important part of the evidence that police will require to rely on to build a strong case before moving to court.
Kawira’s husband was arrested on Monday but was released on a cash bail pending investigations.
Maina said they could not continue holding the suspect more than 24 hours before presenting him in court in the absence of the details needed to build the case.
Kawira who is still in hospital awaiting relocation to a safe house narrated the ordeal following the assault by her husband that was captured on video.
Kawira had initially been unsure if she wanted to press charges against her husband.
Wanjeri Nderu from Empowering Communities organisation who was among volunteers helping Kawira explained the dilemma in which Kawira was in.
“We came on Monday to see her but she was not certain about pressing charges against her husband. So I left her my number and told her in case she made up her mind she should give me a call. So she called me on Wednesday and said she was ready,” Nderu told Capital FM News.
It was at that time that Nderu and Scheaffer Okoro, another activist, called in the police to record a statement from Kawira.
On Thursday, Nderu asked the hospital not to discharge Kawira because they wanted her to go to a safe house together with her three year old son who was with her at the hospital.
Kawira’s expected discharge from hospital on Wednesday turned out to be dramatic following a public row between her parents who disagreed over payment of her bill with money allegedly sent by her husband.