On Thursday, a 56-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of his wife in Kambaru village, Embu County. Crispin Nyaga murdered his wife, Catherine Mbuya, in cold blood after returning home from a drinking session on December 25, 2022, according to High Court Judge Lucy Nuguna.
After selling miraa valued Ksh.3,000 at Kiritiri market, Nyaga allegedly left his wife Ksh.2,000 to buy food and other necessities. He is claimed to have told his wife to add meat on the list of products she planned to buy. When Nyaga returned home after a few beers, he demanded supper, only to have his wife offer him a platter with no meat on it.
Soon after, a fight broke out, and an irate Nyaga allegedly took a machete and hacked Catherine on the leg right below the knee. Nyaga took a big piece of wood and slammed it against Catherine’s head, killing her instantaneously.
“By releasing you, we will cause more harm to the community, you are a serious offender to your family and to the community, you deserve a custodial sentence for the safety of Kambaru people,” Justice Njuguna said in her ruling.
The judge also indicated that village elders were concerned that if Nyaga was released, he might endanger his children.
“In considering all the above, I sentence you, Crispin Nyaga, to 15 years imprisonment,” ruled Justice Njuguna.