A young man from Dagoreti area was arraigned at a city court after he was arrested for torching down his mother’s house worth Ksh 1.3 million over food.
“Joseph Njuguna unlawfully and willfully torched his mother’s house on November 6 within Nairobi’s Dagoreti area,” the charge sheet read in part.
Njuguna is said to have arrived home while tipsy and expected food to be ready but he got so disappointed when he found her mother in the process of cooking food.
The court heard that Njuguna complained after his mother delayed in preparing food vowing to do something after he was directed to wait for supper in his room by his mother.
Later, he returned and picked up an argument with his mother before leaving briefly.
The mother, while still in the house, realized that there was smoke and concluded that the house was on fire.
She tried to rush to safety but the door had been locked from outside with the accused suspected to have locked her inside the house.
The devastated mother screamed for help to which her neighbors responded and rescued her.
The fierce fire ravaged the whole house leaving nothing to chance.
The court heard that the accused went into hiding at a friend’s house which agitated members of the public who launched a manhunt and fished him out of his hiding place where he is said to have been drinking alcohol.
The accused was then beaten by a mob until his mother intervened and rescued him before he took Njuguna to the hospital for treatment.
Police were alerted and the accused was arrested and taken in for interrogation.
When he was arraigned before Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Bhoke, the accused pleaded not guilty and was slapped with a bond of Ksh, 500,000 pending mention on November 22.