A 34-year-old woman is in trouble for allegedly attempting to murder a woman suspected to be her husband’s lover by pouring petroleum on her.
Appearing before Milimani Court Chief Magistrate Wendy Micheni on Friday, the suspect – Sheilah Andayi Okwomi – denied the charges.
Andayi is said to have been threatening the victim on suspicion that she is her husband’s mistress.
“You are charged that on April 8, 2021 at about 12:00 pm at GK Kamiti Maximum Security prison in Kasarani sub-County within Nairobi City County in the republic of Kenya attempted unlawfully to cause the death of Nancy Wanjiru Njeri by pouring petroleum substance on her at a close range,” the charge sheet reads in part.
Forensic test on petrol-stained clothes
Njeri, a nutritionist attached to Kamiti Maximum Prison, filed a report at Kimiti Command Radio Studio saying Andayi threatened to kill her.
“She complained that she received threatening, abusive and defamatory messages through her mobile phone by Sheila Andayi,” the police report states.
On April 8, 2021, the suspect allegedly approached Njeri at around 12:30pm while accompanied by her four-year-old child and sister. At the time, the nutritionist was engaged in a vaccination exercise at the facility.
Upon getting close to her, Andayi is said to have taken out a petroleum-like substance from a manila bag and poured its contents on Njeri’s clothes, forcing her to immediately abandon the exercise.
The medical practitioner returned to her house, changed into a new pair of clothes and packed the stained clothes to act as evidence as she went to file a report with DCI Kasarani.
The following day, Njeri filed another report with the Serious Crimes Unit.
On April 14, a team probing the case submitted the clothes to the forensics unit to ascertain whether the substance was petroleum. The results affirmed their suspicion.
Andayi is now in trouble as the prosecution established that she had a motive to harm the complainant on suspicion that she was her husband’s lover.
The suspect was released on a cash bail of KSh600,000.