A Kenyan man living in the United States (US) who was this week found guilty of attacking his wife with a hammer was this week sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Joseph Kinyanjui is accused of attacking his wife with a hammer two years ago and was found guilty of attempted murder by an Olmsted County District Court jury on Thursday, September 9.
The 67-year-old man was found guilty of the offence in July by an Olmsted County District Court of first-degree premeditated attempted murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault using a dangerous weapon.
Jurors in the case were equally asked to say whether the crime was committed in the presence of a child and it was established that indeed Kinyanjui had assaulted his wife as kids watched.
In his ruling, Judge Joseph Chase sentenced the suspect to 240 months in state prison which is the maximum sentence that is allowed for the crime.
“Words are inadequate to convey the horrific facts of this attack,” the Judge said.
On May 8, 2019, police in Rochester were alerted of a commotion in a house in the 5100 block of 54th Avenue Northwest at about 7 pm.
On reaching the scene, they found a 40-year-old woman and her daughter stranded outside the building.
According to Rochester Police Captain, Casey Moilanen said that the woman then told the officers that her father was assaulting her mother.
The 66-year-old woman suffered a fractured skull, two broken wrists, a broken lower back and multiple facial lacerations.
Police also found two of her teeth on the floor of their bedroom.