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Expensive city wife shunned by court

Senegalese national Ms Hebret Lakew de Oliveira was on Friday left crestfallen after a Nairobi court denied her application for a Sh300,000 monthly stipend from her estranged husband.

Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Agnes Ndunge Makau noted that the applicant who is a fashion designer and a political science degree holder from USIU could easily find a job since she had a sound educational background.

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The magistrate dismissed the case with costs and said that the woman was out to extort money from Mr Thiery de Oliviera an employee with UNEP Gigiri.

In her application, the woman said her marriage was broken and wanted Sh180,000 extra for rent but was dismissed as not qualifying for spousal support as she was neither old or incapacitated.

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The woman had also written to immigration indicating that she did not intend on renewing her work permit and had closed her business in 2006 surviving on her husbands payslip. She had been receiving Sh54,000 monthly stipend from her husband.

The court noted that Mr Thiery an Ethiopian national paid school fees for their two children of Sh900,000 per child per term and upkeep and therefore could not afford to raise the amount demanded by his estranged wife.

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