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Mum ‘killed baby’ while ‘trying to silence her cries’

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A mum killed her two-month-old baby girl by crushing the infant’s chest “mostly likely” to stop her crying, a prosecutor has claimed.

Abigail Palmer, 33, is accused of fracturing her daughter Teri-Rae’s ribs, and jurors were told it was a “deliberate” injury that “caused or at least contributed” to the newborn’s death.

A skeletal examination found the baby, who was subject of a child protection plan, had old and fresh rib fractures after she died in January 2017, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

Palmer, of Solihull, West Midlands, claims she took a nap on a sofa with her daughter lying on her chest, and when she woke up Teri-Rae was “blue and lifeless”, Birmingham Live reports.

 

The prosecution claims the rib fractures were deliberately inflicted, “most likely to silence her crying”.Palmer denies manslaughter and three charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Jonas Hankin QC, prosecuting, said Palmer was facing possible care proceedings after testing positive for cocaine while pregnant.

Teri-Rae was born on October 24, 2016, and was made the subject of a child protection plan which banned her mother from using drugs or alcohol.

Palmer had regular visits from health care and social workers, who did not raise any concerns about the mother and baby, said Mr Hankin.

However on one occasion, he said, the defendant had been spotted going to a public house on December 22, 2016, with Teri-Rae and “secretly” drinking wine.

When challenged about this she allegedly said she thought she was allowed a drink during the Christmas and New Year period.

The court heard that on the afternoon of  January 2, 2017, Palmer had dialled 999 over her daughter, but attempts to resuscitate the baby failed.Palmer told police there had been nothing unusual about Teri-Rae’s behaviour.

She said at around 1pm she had taken a nap on the sofa with he daughter lying on her chest, with her head to the side.

Palmer said she had woken up to find Teri-Rae “blue and lifeless” and had tried to revive her.

Mr Hankin said that initially the death was treated as non-suspicious because there were no signs of injury to her body.

But a skeletal examination later revealed that the baby had suffered a number of healing and fresh rib fractures.

Mr Hankin said: “Her brain had received an inadequate supply of oxygen and had been damaged as a result.”Teri-Rae, he said, had been subjected to “significant injury” which could not be explained by anything that happened at birth or the attempts at resuscitation.

He added: “The prosecution case is that on each occasion the defendant inflicted those injuries on her daughter by forceful compression of her chest, most likely to silence her crying.

“Teri-Rae was in the defendant’s sole care. no one else can be responsible.”He claimed that Palmer had also inflicted the older rib injuries that were found.Mr Hankin said: “T

he fresh multiple rib fractures inflicted on January 2 caused or at least contributed to Terri-Rae’s death.

“These fractures lead to progressive respiratory failure caused by shallow breathing leading ultimately to death from asphyxia.”

Mr Hankin said that when Palmer was taken in a police car to Heartlands Hospital an officer noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath, although she claimed not to have had a drink on that day.

The trial continues.

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Blind 70-year-old Kenyan living in US pleads for help to return home – VIDEO

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Kenyans living in the diaspora have formed a WhatsApp group to try and help an elderly Kenyan man living in the United States to return home.

In a message shared in the Diaspora Messenger, a website that connects and updates the East African community abroad, the Kenyans have appealed to well-wishers to help Mr William Mwangi Kagwima, who is aged 70.

“One of our Kenyan brother, migrated to Worcester MA, in 1998. Like every other immigrant, he worked hard until last year when he started losing his eye sight and could not work anymore. He has endured severe hardship and has exhausted his savings. Mr Kagwima is requesting the community to send him back home to his family,” the notice reads in part.

They also shared a short video clip of Mr Kagwima speaking in Gikuyu and explaining how he ended up to be where he is today.s

source:nairobinews

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Varsity student commits suicide in Kitui, leaves suicide note

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A 24-year-old fourth-year student at South Eastern Kenya University in Kitui on Friday committed suicide by hanging herself.

Her body was found dangling from the roof of her rented house at Kwa Vonza trading centre in Kitui Rural.

Lower Yatta OCPD Charles Chacha confirmed the morning incident, saying the student, who was pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree course in Information Technology, left behind a suicide note.

Dear mum and dad, I am sorry I had to do this. I love you guys so much, but I can’t take it any longer [sic]. Life has become unbearable. I cannot live like this anymore,” read the suicide note allegedly written by the deceased.

Alleged suicide note left by the 24-year-old South Eastern Kenya University student

The student’s body was taken to Kitui Level Four Hospital mortuary for preservation.

Meanwhile, the lifeless body of a 40-year-old man was found hanging from a tree near his homestead at Mwakini Village in the same area.

OCPD Chacha said the deceased had gone missing since Thursday as earlier reported by his wife.

He as well appealed to students and members of the public to desist from taking own lives but rather seek help from parents or counsellors when faced with life challenges.

The two bodies were taken to Kitui Level Four Hospital morgue pending postmortem examination, police said.

source:ureport

 

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How Diamond Lalji became a bankrupt millionaire

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Picture this: Your friend asks you to guarantee his/her sacco loan. You automatically agree because you know him/her well. Besides, the sacco is known to be flexible with defaulters.

Sadly, things don’t go according to plan, life gets tough and your friend defaults. But his/her assets are not enough to recover the loan, so the sacco comes after you and other guarantors.

PETITION

Unfortunately, you can’t pay up, so the sacco files a bankruptcy petition against you and succeeds.

Within no time, you’re declared flat broke and an insolvency practitioner appointed to run whatever little exists of your estate.

This scenario is now real for thousands of Kenyans following a court judgement that declared former Cereal Millers Association chairman Diamond Hasham Lalji bankrupt on March 1.

The tycoon, whose business empire boasts no fewer than 16 companies in various industries, failed to repay a $4.8 million (Sh480 million) debt three of his companies owed American grain bulk handler, Cargill.

On January 16, 2017, Mr Lalji agreed to guarantee three of his flour milling companies — Premier Flour Mills, Maize Milling Company and Milling Corporation of Kenya — which had owed Cargill since it supplied them with maize in 2012.

At the time, the three firms owed $5.2 million (Sh520 million). Milling Corporation owed Sh274.95 million, Premier Flour Mills Sh192.25 million and Maize Milling Sh48.95 million.

But after the businessman failed to pay up as agreed, Cargill filed an insolvency petition against him.

TITLE DEEDS

Mr Lalji on Friday filed an appeal against the bankruptcy order issued by Justice Francis Tuiyott.

The Court of Appeal will mention the case Monday and decide whether to suspend Justice Tuiyott’s order, as Mr Lalji looks to convince the appellate judges to dismiss the order permanently. Justice Tuiyott’s ruling is likely to create anxiety among loan guarantors, since they could meet a fate similar to Mr Lalji’s.

Justice Tuiyott ordered that Anthony Makenzi Muthui of Ernst & Young take the over management of Mr Lalji’s estate as a receiver manager to recover Cargill’s debt.

Usually, the appointment of a statutory manager to handle a bankrupt individual’s estate is left to the official receiver. But Justice Tuiyott held that the official receiver had accepted Cargill’s nomination of Mr Muthusi, and that Mr Lalji did not contest the arrangement.

Justice Tuiyott agreed with Cargill’s argument that Mr Lalji did not give adequate details on six parcels of land worth Sh330 million that he offered to sell to offset part of Cargill’s debt. The businessman faulted Cargill for turning down his repayment proposal, which included the six title deeds as security.

DISCLOSURE

He also asked Justice Tuiyott to consider that his three firms had repaid Sh34 million since the insolvency petition was filed. But Cargill insisted that the Sh30 million was too little, since Mr Lalji had promised to pay Sh100 million.

Justice Tuiyott ruled that there was no evidence to verify the value of the land Mr Lalji pledged as security. “The identity of the properties to be sold is not disclosed and neither is a professional opinion of the value demonstrated. In the circumstances, a creditor would be rightly entitled to doubt the credibility of the proposal made.”

The court added that Mr Lalji’s failure to make a disclosure of all his assets and liabilities did not help his argument, because it is only upon such disclosure that the court can evaluate his ability to meet the offer. “And it cannot be ignored that the promise to pay the debt is by the very companies whose default led to the guarantee that has given rise to Mr Lalji’s apparent insolvency” Justice Tuiyott ruled.

Justice Tuiyott had ruled that Cargill was not unreasonable in turning down a repayment proposal by Mr Laji, which would have seen the debt repaid in instalments running through to April, 2023. After Cargill filed the insolvency petition, Mr Lalji proposed to give the firm the six pieces of land, which he was ready to sell, as security.

source:nation.co.ke

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