Wanjiru charged with assault


NYAHURURU, Kenya, December 30-Olympic marathon champion Samwel Wanjiru has been arraigned in a Nyahururu court on Thursday facing four counts of assault, attempting to kill his wife and illegal passion of firearm.Wanjiru denied the charges when he appeared before Nyahururu senior resident magistrate Alice Mong’are.

He was charged that on Wednesday at Nyahururu’s Muthaiga Estate without lawful excuse threatened to kills his wife Terezah Njeri Muturi and night watchman William Maside Muhunyi.

He was also charged that on that particular night he assaulted the watchman thereby causing him serious body harm.

The athlete who was represented by a Nyahururu based lawyer Wahome Ndegwa also denied being in possession of an AK-47 riffle with serial number 02839 without a firearm certificate.

He was however released on Sh.300,000 bond with a surety of similar amount until February 9 next year when the hearing of the case will commence. The matter will be mentioned on 14 of January next year.

Prosecutor Chief Inspector John Rutto told that court that the accused went home at night while drunk when he committed the offences.

He said he confronted the wife and an exchanged of words ensued prompting the night watchman to intervene.

It was alleged that it was at this time that Wanjiru went and pick the rifle and attempted to shoot his wife and the watchman before they were rescued by neighbours responding to their distress calls.

Police were called and immediately arrested the accused and locked him in at the Nyahururu police station when the charges were preferred against him.