The custody of children has numerously been the spark of face offs among couples who are already separated or undergoing divorce. Many have ended up fighting verbally and physically.
Such was the case with a Kibera man who found himself on the wrong side of the law after he assaulted the mother of his child whom they had parted ways with following domestic misunderstandings.
As the particulars were read out in the court, “ The accused person Fredrick Abuto allegedly assaulted Arafa Shamila Ibrahim willfully and unlawfully on September 24 at garage within Kibera area leaving her with harmful injuries.”
It was half past 10:00 pm when Shamilah noticed that she had no paraffin for cooking and took a little container and dashed to a nearby shop to buy fuel so as to cook for her sick child.
While on her way she heard a familiar voice and when she turned around, she saw her former husband Abuto making a call.
She decided to tell him the situation of their child but the tables turned when Abuto asked her what she wanted.
Shamilah told him that she needed assistance in taking the sick child to the hospital but in a twist of events, Abuto demanded that he be accorded the custody of the child and that he will take him to the hospital.
This got her angry and the two got into an argument that saw Abuto raise his hand and drop a punch on her face, hence injuring her. He further wrestled her when she asked him how he provided for his newly married wife yet his own child was living miserably.
The commotion attracted the onlookers who chipped in, separating Abuto from Shamila who had already suffered severe injuries.
The lady went to seek medical attention at a clinic where she was treated. Abuto was later arrested following reports at a police station
The Kibera law courts released the accused on a bond of Ksh100,000 or a cash bail of Ksh20,000.
The matter was set for trial in January 2021.