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Family’s agony over daughter jailed in Jordan for 20 years

A family in Githunguri, Kiambu County, is agonising over a 20-year jail sentence slapped on their daughter in Jordan.

Lucy Njeri Kuria, 33, was convicted by a court for killing his South Sudanese boyfriend. She had left Kenya in August, 2015 as a domestic worker, and occasionally sent money home to her parents.

One day, she left her employer’s house to visit her boyfriend. She found him sprawled on the floor bleeding, and screamed for help. When neighbours -and police- arrived, Njeri’s world changed abruptly. She was picked out as the prime suspect in the murder, triggering a legal fight that ended with a 20 year sentence at Jweida prison in the country’s capital Amman.

Calls of Promise

“My daughter had assured me on several calls, that she would win the case and immediately when set free would come back home,” Njeri’s mother, Rahab Wanjiru, 57, is quoted by a local newspaper as saying. “I do not believe that I have to wait for the next 18 years before I can see her.”

Wanjiru wishes that her daughter was deported to face justice in the Kenyan courts. “I felt disappointed and sorry for her,” the distraught mother told The People. 

Vain Trips to Embassy

Alongside Njeri’s father Kuria, Wanjiru has sought the intervention of the Jordanian Embassy in Nairobi with no success. ” We have made several trips to the Embassy …. We tried engaging the officials on how to address the matter but it was all in vain,” said Wanjiru.

She confesses to have lost hope on Wanjiru’s predicament, even with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At one time, she tried to seek help from the employment agency that had secured the job for her daughter. But she learn that the agency had since closed its doors.


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