A man who stabbed his wife 17 times in April has been set free after his estranged wife withdrew assault charges against him in court Monday.
Peninah Wangechi told Principal Magistrate Alice Mwangi that she had forgiven her husband for the vicious attack, and she no longer wished to proceed with the assault case.
Wangeci – who suffered 17 stab wounds on her back, chest and face in the April 9th attack – told the court that she had not been pressured to forgive Samuel Ndirangu, adding that she wanted to let go of the matter.
“I have not been coerced to say anything. I have decided to forgive him and let the matter go,” Wangechi told the court.
Magistrate Mwangi accepted her request, setting Ndirangu free.
The two are, however, not living together.
Stabbed 17 times
On April 9th Wangechi was admitted at Karatina Sub County Hospital, having suffered 17 knife wounds.
Speaking from her hospital bed in April, Wangechi said she and Ndirangu had a domestic disagreement – an occurrence that was not uncommon due to the tumultuous nature of their marriage.
In the heated exchange, Wangechi said her husband threated to kill her.
She went on to state that Ndirangu waited for her to fall asleep before attacking her, and leaving her for dead.
Ndirangu later presented himself at Karatina Police Station where he reported the incident.
He was held in police custody as Wangechi received treatment at Karatina Hospital.