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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.

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

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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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VIDEO: Did you miss Peter Ng’ethe’s Funeral Service in Atlanta? Here it is

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A funeral Service for the late Peter Ng’ethe was held at Christ Harvesters Global Outreach Church on Saturday. The late Ng’ethe  was set to be buried on Saturday Feb 22, 2020 at Kennesaw Memorial Park in Marietta, Georgia Address1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064 at 1.30PM.

On Friday Feb 21 2020, a wake in his honor at West Cobb Funeral Home between 5pm and 7pm. Address: 2480 Mcland Rd, Marietta, GA, 30064

Mr Ng’ethe passed away on Feb 1st, 2020.

He was a dear Husband to Serah Ng’ethe (Mama Njoki)
Father to Njoki Mwangi, John Njoroge and Makena Njoki.

May He Rest in Peace. Watch:

 

 

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VIDEO: Joy as 84 year-old Kenyan man who has lived in US for 60 yrs returns home to a rousing welcome [PHOTOS]

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BY CHRISTINE MUCHENE

A journey that started in March last year is now complete. Mr. James Mugweru has finally arrived in his motherland, Kenya, after 6 dacades in the United States.

It was pomp and colour as family and friends  gathered in Nakuru to welcome him with a very warm and rousing reception.
Mugweru, 84, came to the US through the famous educational air lift organized by the late Tom Mboya in 1959.He had only returned to Kenya twice in those 60 years he has been in the US.

Around March last year, I was approached by a young man in Kenya to help trace his grandfather whom they had never seen but would hear from stories that he lived in America.

It however did not take me long to fish him out of where he was, thanks to internet.

He was living in a facility for Senior Citizens in Union city, Georgia.

I thereafter introduced him to my Church family – Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) – and they contributed money for his ticket to Kenya.

Mugweru left the country on February 19th.

I would like to thank all those who have walked this one year journey with him providing the much needed stuff and above all, loving him as Christ would do.

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He has always been intrigued by the concern some of you have shown.

Mr. Mugweru has 2 living siblings aged 100 and 80 who were eager and looking forward to reuniting with their lost brother.
Finally thank you Atlanta Kenyan community for believing in my Judgment towards serving God’s people. Without all of you, I would not be of help to the community. God bless.

We do hope that he will come back to visit as you all know that after having lost reality with a country he left long time ago, it can be rough especially in old age and the most needed health care can be out of reach due to lack of money.

This man has been away for too long and those back home could be having high expectation of him and if the same is not there, the happiness may just be temporary leading to abandonment.

He left Kenya undeveloped and the whole country will appear strange not to mention the culture shock.

We, all the same, hope that God will guide him.  To the great people who have given him great love, God bless all.

Chances are he will come back as he cannot fit in Kenya after even loosing his mother tongue and cannot fluently speak Kiswahili which is also forgotten.

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It is not easy for James as this is simply a very sad case and maybe a lesson for many, to be prepared and able to face the uncertain, unknown future.

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VIDEO: Kenyan woman deported from the US after 21 Years now living in squalor in Nairobi

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

A Kenyan woman who moved to the US in 1986 and was deported 21 years later is now leading a miserable life in Nairobi.

Joy Mukwanjero who was born in Meru – but for the most part brought up in Nairobi- says she had nothing to show for her long stay in “the land of plenty” as she had fallen into wrong company before the immigration officials came calling.

In an interview with Tuko News, Joy, who went to some of the best schools in Kenya, tells of how – upon arrival in the US – she got married to a man who introduced her to “partying.”

“I took a job in the hospitality industry and also enrolled for a political science course at the University of San Fransisco but dropped out midway to focus on my job.”

She says it was after moving in with her husband that she became an alcoholic.

“We soon separated and I moved to a different city in California,” she says.

She was later arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers over lack of proper documents.

Joy was detained for some time and was later deported.

With nothing to show for her stay and while still battling addiction, she began looking for a job in the hospitality industry but with no success.

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She later checked herself  into a rehabilitation center.

A pale shadow of her former self, a jovial looking Joy still hopes that her dreams will one day come true.

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