Karoti teacher who nearly murdered colleague over female intern on teaching practice charged

By KNA On Mon, 8 Mar, 2021 12:16 | 2 mins read
The victim and the suspect, both teachers at Karoti Girls’ High School, were eyeing an intern on teaching practice. [PHOTO | COURTESY]
The victim and the suspect, both teachers at Karoti Girls’ High School, were eyeing an intern on teaching practice. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

A teacher said to have been involved in a love triangle with his female and male colleagues has been charged in court with attempted murder.

Timothy Musembi Mutie, who denied committing the offense, appeared before the Wanguru Senior Resident Magistrate Monica Kivuti on Monday morning, March 8.

Mutie denied that on March 3 this year at Karoti Girls High School, Mwea East Sub-County, he unlawfully attempted to murder his colleague Alphonse Orina Omwenga by cutting him with a panga on the head and both hands.

The court-ordered that Mutie, who was unrepresented, be released on a bond of Sh100,000 with a surety of same amount.

The magistrate further directed that Mutie’s criminal case be mentioned on March 17 before a hearing date could be set.

Meanwhile, Omwenga is still recuperating at a private health care facility in Ngurubani town.

It was claimed that on the material day, Mutie stormed into the school staff room during tea break while armed with a panga hidden in his jacket.

He then sat in the staff room where he found the victim marking some examination papers as his colleagues started to stream out after taking their tea.

He sat still until only the victim and another teacher were left in the room and, without warning, seized the opportunity and attacked Omwenga who was caught off guard.

As he tried to defend himself from the assailant, Omwenga sustained serious head and hands injuries.

The screams from the victim brought learning at the school to a standstill. Karoti Girls has a population of more than 1,000 students.

The attacker then fled from the scene and jumped over the gate where he dropped the weapon.

He hurriedly stopped a boda boda rider and directed the operator to take him to a nearby Chief’s camp at Kimbimbi market.

Mutie was then formally arrested and driven to Wanguru police station and locked in until today, March 8, when he was charged with the serious offence.

The female trainee teacher said to have been involved in a love affair with the two male colleagues has since been ordered out of the school.

It was not clear if Kenyatta University, the college that had sent the woman to Karoti for her teaching practice, would take her to another school to complete her internship.

Mutie’s vehicle which he had left parked within the school compound has since been towed from the premises.

He will remain locked up in custody after he failed to raise the bond.

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