Makueni man gets life imprisonment for chopping of wife’s hands, leg

Reuben Kivuva
Reuben Kivuva, 35, sentenced to life for attempting to kill lover. PHOTO: NMG

A 35-year-old man will spend the rest of his natural life in prison for chopping off his former lover’s limbs using a panga during a domestic quarrel two years ago.

Reuben Kivuva alias Cameroon attacked Ms Judith Muendi, 28, on December 13, 2015, at their rented house at Emali township, Makueni County.

Judith Muendi
Judith Muendi (left), 28, had her hands and leg chopped off in domestic row. /NMG

Giving his ruling at the Makindu Law Courts on Wednesday, December 6, Senior Resident Magistrate Gerald Mutiso found Kivuva guilty of attempting to kill Ms Muendi.

“I have considered the accused’s mitigation that he is a father of three children, a husband of an epileptic wife and a son of a diabetic mother,” said Mr Mutiso.

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“I have also considered the victim’s impact report, which indicates that the victim (complainant) is now totally dependent on her mother and others to wash, dress, cook, going to the toilet and even to got to bed.

“The violence meted out by you, the accused, upon a helpless woman in cold blood is mind boggling.” the magistrate added.

A single mother of three, Muendi had both her hands cut off at the wrist and the right leg severed slightly above the knee. To save her life, doctors at Makindu Hospital had to performed surgery on her, do blood transfusion and perform skin grafting on her.

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Kivuva narrated to the court how he tracked her lover to a popular bar at Kiunduani market, 56 kilometres south of Emali, on the eve of the incident and found her in a compromising position with a man.

He said that he had warned Ms Muendi that he would kill her should he find her with another man.

But in her testimony, the victim said she had spent the night in a friend’s house and come morning, she went to her grocery stall in Emali where the man picked her up.

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“You cut off your lover’s left hand, you cut off her right hand, you cut off her right leg, all because this young lady wanted to end your love affair with her after she discovered that you had another wife,” noted Mr Mutiso.

The accused had offered his motorcycle estimated at Sh150,000 to Ms Muendi and her family as compensation. The court ordered that it be confiscated and given to Ms Muendi to use as she deemed fit.

The magistrate also ordered Mr Kivuva to pay Sh7 million for the victim’s medical bill.