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Shock as man bites ex-girlfriend’s lip off

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A student had her lip brutally bitten off by her ex-boyfriend who wanted to ‘leave his mark on her’.

Kayla Hayes has shared graphic photos of her injuries a year after the attack, bravely speaking out about the horrific incident.

The 19-year-old from Greenville, South Carolina says she remembers being in shock and screaming as he tried to kiss her then ‘clenched down,’ tearing into her mouth.

Kayla has been left with permanent scarring but is relieved and finally feels safe now her former partner Seth Aaron Fleury, 23, is behind bars.

Fleury was sentenced to 12 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to Assault and Battery of a High Aggravated Nature.

Kayla credits current partner Blake for helping her to recover and being there to ‘pick up the pieces’.

 

Stitches around Kayla’s mouth after having surgery. [Courtesy]

She started dating Fleury in 2016, when he was 21 and she was 17, and broke up with him after almost a year as he treated her like ‘property’.

 

A few weeks later, she met up with her ex so that he could ‘right his wrongs’ before enrolling in the Navy, but after she refused to rekindle the romance, he became violent.

Fleury tried to kiss her but as she pulled away, he clamped onto her bottom lip so hard that it nearly entirely tore off.

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Seth Aaron Fleury with Kayla Hayes prior to the attack. [Courtesy]

Kayla said: “I never expected he was capable of doing that, I never thought he would physically bite my lip off.

“I met him down the street, he had flowers and cards, one about getting back together.

“I met him because he was joining the navy and I wanted to let him ‘right his wrongs’.

“After reading the cards, he asked, ‘Don’t you have anything to say?’ and I told him I was not there to get back with him.

“He told me to get out, so I did, and he threw everything at the back of my head. Once I got back into my car, my leg was shaking so uncontrollably that I couldn’t move.

“I saw him draw a breath and try to kiss me, as I pulled away he clenched down.

“I remember him latching onto me and my body being in shock, I didn’t feel any pain apart from the tear and I started screaming.

“He then dragged me by the hair and slammed the door in my face and drove off. It was crazy.”

Kayla was forced to undergo emergency plastic surgery and received over 300 stitches.

The damage caused by the attack left her with limited movement around her mouth and permanent scarring.

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She added: “My surgeon had to cut all around my face and cheeks to bring the two sides of my lip together because it was torn off completely.

“I find myself insecure over the scars, it’s very hard as a young woman especially, but I have to remember that they don’t define me.

“I can define my scars or have them define me, they show my story and what I have overcome.

“A piece of me died after the attack, at times I feel a great deal of sadness but now when I think about that day, I know I’m a stronger person today.”

At Greenville County Courthouse, where Kayla saw her attacker for the first time since the horrific ordeal, just the sight of him left her ‘mortified’ and ‘nervous’.

Kayla said: “I have been told Seth did it intentionally and wanted to leave his mark on me for my next boyfriend.

“Seth was very controlling and treated me like property not a girlfriend, he was very manipulative.

“He showed no remorse in his eyes whatsoever. I believe he knew what he did, and he meant to do it.

“I feel the sentence has given me closure now that I know he’s not walking the streets.”

Seth Aaron Fleury, 23, was sentenced to 12 years in jail on October 18 last week.

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He will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.

After the plea hearing, Solicitor Walt Wilkins said “This case demonstrates the unique circumstances under which domestic violence occurs, and how quickly these situations can escalate into violence.

“Hopefully this prison sentence will make it clear to both this defendant and other abusers that domestic violence in any fashion will not be tolerated.”

During her recovery, Kayla found love with new partner Blake, a friend who had been at her side since she was rushed to hospital.

Kayla said: “He is amazing, he would hold me even when I was covered in stitches and told me I was beautiful. He picked up the broken pieces.

“He played a humungous part in my recovery and picked me up on my hardest days.

“He showed me that not all guys are like my ex and that there are good people out there.”

Kayla is fundraising to pay-off her medical bills and future treatment, as well as repaying her school scholarship after being forced to drop out because of the attack.

She hopes to one day return to education and transition her studies to focus on domestic violence-related issues.

To donate to her cause visit her fundraising page.

Kayla has bravely shared photos of her lip after the attack. [Courtesy]

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Kenyans wire back Sh1trn in offshore bank accounts

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Wealthy Kenyans have wired back an estimated Sh1 trillion from offshore accounts in the past three years, taking advantage of a tax amnesty offered by the Treasury.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in a response to Business Daily queries said the amount was repatriated by some 16,000 applicants who took advantage of the amnesty window during which they were not required to declare the source of their wealth or even account for previous years’ tax arrears.

The amnesty, which was announced by Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich in 2016, is set to close next month.

“We have received over 16,000 applicants with the amount repatriated so far at Sh1,014,058,103,551. The incentive was meant to encourage Kenyans to repatriate their wealth back to the country for purposes of development,” said KRA in a statement.

The amount wired back is more than one third of Kenya’s annual Budget.

Wealthy Kenyans have traditionally stashed wealth abroad to either escape the taxman’s scrutiny or to spread their risks by investing in the more politically and economically stable Western democracies.

A report by an American think tank, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), last year revealed that Kenya’s super-rich were holding more than Sh5 trillion in offshore tax havens across the world.

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Another international report released in 2007 detailed how a corrupt network in the Moi administration looted at least Sh130 billion and stashed it abroad, including in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

The report by risk advisers Kroll and Associates was commissioned by the then President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.

The 110-page report published online detailed how people close to Mr Moi set up shell companies, fronts and secret trusts to siphon away Kenyan taxpayers’ money, which they stashed in banks, real estate and companies in an estimated 30 countries around the world.

With the return into the country of the over Sh1 trillion, the owners of the cash have effectively ‘cleaned’ their wealth and evaded any questions on the source of the money or any tax liabilities that may have been due in the years before they made the declaration.

The colossal amount has, however, not made a visible impact in the economy, raising questions on where the cash has been kept.

Kenyan laws have a narrow scope on taxation of wealth earned abroad, but the amnesty offered a golden opportunity for those who had stashed cash offshore to bring it back without scrutiny.

Deloitte East Africa Tax Partner Fred Omondi said in an interview yesterday that most tax audit firms had not received any significant enquiries from Kenyans willing to repatriate wealth back home.

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“We haven’t seen a lot of uptake of this amnesty given that most income earned abroad is not subject to taxation in Kenya. Until the money is invested here and taxable income generated, there is no tax revenue to expect,” said Mr Omondi.

Mr Rotich, who yesterday did not respond to our queries on the impact that the Sh1 trillion has had on the economy, at the time of the announcement said the amnesty would make the environment more conducive for those willing to reinvest back home.

“Mr Speaker, taxpayers who take up this amnesty shall have all principal taxes, interests and penalties for the year of income, 2016 and the prior year’s automatically remitted in total. In addition, the government shall not follow up on the sources of such income and assets declared,” said the Treasury CS in his 2016 annual Budget Speech.

The incentive has since been extended twice to allow more uptake after potential applicants failed to take advantage fearing they would be subjected to provisions of Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Mr Rotich last year amended the law to exempt them from the requirement to declare the source of their wealth to the Financial Reporting Centre. He urged taxpayers to take advantage of the amnesty and “clean up their records with KRA”.

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KRA then issued guidelines on the repatriation and signed certificates for those who successfully applied for the repatriation during the period. The tax forgiveness applied only to those who declared income from their wealth abroad, including homes, for the period up to December 2018.

They were expected to file their returns with KRA.

Audit firm Ernst and Young, in its analysis of the amnesty in March 2016, warned that the process was prone to abuse.

“The amnesty should be undertaken with precaution as there is the potential for abuse with respect to money laundering under the pretext of repatriating assets,” the firm wrote a day after KRA held a stakeholders meeting to get feedback on the guidelines provided for the amnesty.

Delloite’s Fred Omondi also said the amnesty could have been used by those seeking to clean their funds before taking them back to the offshore havens with the needed legitimacy granted through the repatriation.

source:businessdaily

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US government releases the number of Kenyans sworn in as Citizens last year – 2,685

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2,685 Kenyans became naturalized United States citizens in the first three quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates.

Over the same period, a total of 544,475 foreign nationals holding US permanent residency became naturalized, with 44,095 of them being from African countries.

A total of 4,348 Kenyans became US citizens in the 2017 fiscal year, and 4,834 in fiscal year 2016.

In 2017, a total of 707,265 immigrants got naturalized in the United States.

To qualify for naturalization, immigrants must have been permanent residents (hold a green card) for at least five years, or at least three years if married to a US citizen.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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E-passport centres launched in six countries to serve diaspora

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The government has launched e-passport centres in six countries to serve Kenyans in the diaspora.

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma  said the service will initially be available in Kenyan embassies in Pretoria, London, Paris, Dubai, Washington and Beijing before being expanded to other countries.

“We mounted the e-passport infrastructure last week. Kenyans are encouraged to get in touch with the missions for modalities of this process,” she said on Friday.

The launch of the centres means that Kenyans living abroad will no longer have to travel back home to apply.

Presidential directive

Run by the Immigration department, portals will be available on each Kenyan mission’s website, directing applicants on the procedure to follow.

Kenyans in diaspora had complained of lack of service despite a directive by President Kenyatta that the passports be issued in their countries of residence.

The foreign ministry said the Immigration department had been setting up the tools required for deployment of personnel.

Initially, embassies had required Kenyans to register their presence on the portals to help provide the numbers and influence decision on setting up centres.

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The Immigration department had said it would start with North America, the Middle East and South Africa before moving to other regions.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages diplomatic missions abroad but issuance of passports is a responsibility of the Immigration department. This means the department will have to send attaches to the embassies to provide the services.

While in Namibia in March, President Kenyatta directed that Kenyans living abroad be issued with the new generation passports in their countries of residence.

source:Daily Nation

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