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Motorist who killed KU student in hit-and-run accident convicted



A senior prison officer, who knocked down a university student last year in July, in what appeared to be a hit-and-run accident, has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Magistrate Elekta Riany on Monday convicted Sergeant Dismas Gitenge Motongwa for killing 22-year-old third year Kenyatta University student Maureen Wambui Gachagua on July 15, 2018 along Mombasa Road.

The Magistrate pointed out that the accused’s defense was full of lies and therefore ruled that he was an outright dangerous driver.

“The accused was speeding, is culpable of giving false information to public service and I find him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving,” the Magistrate ruled.

On the fateful day, the deceased had attended an overnight party with her boyfriend, Dennis Mburu Baragu, at the NextGen Mall on Mombasa Road.

While her boyfriend crossed a trench outside the mall to join Mombasa Road, her girlfriend decided to use the main path to join the road.

However, she never made it to the other side of the road as she was knocked down by a speeding red car.

He boyfriend saw the speeding vehicle and desperately looked for her body in the nearby surrounding without success before embarking on a search for her in various hospitals.


While at the reception of Mariakani hospital, a woman narrated how the body of a woman had been dumped around that area by an unknown person.

Upon reaching the said location where the alleged body had been dumped – at a turn near Car Max dealers in South C – he found her body dumped with her face facing down. Her right leg was missing and the whole body was badly injured.

But beside the body was a number plate of a car – KCN 285B – which disappeared as soon as an early crowd got to the scene.

Apparently, the accused drove three kilometers with her body on the roof of his car before dumping it in South C Estate, Nairobi.

The accused then drove to Lang’ata Women Prison’s staff quarters, parked the car, unscrewed the hind number plate and took a different car.

He then reported at Langata Police Station that he had hit a cow along Mombasa Road.

But a signal circulated by officers who had already noted down the number plate found next to Maureen’s body and it matched it with the statement that was recorded at the police station by the accused.


When the Sergeant reported the matter again at Industrial Area Police Station, the officers insisted that he goes for the car that had been involved in the accident.

Before that vehicle was availed, he first insisted that his words be taken in as the truth. And when the car was availed, he took the blood-stained number plate from the boot, an indication that he had taken it from the scene.

On his defense during the trial, the accused claimed that he was on lane one yet in actual sense he was on lane two where the accident occurred.

He also claimed that he did not stop his car because he was armed with a Ceska pistol and that he feared being robbed.

The accused’s account of the happenings contradicted that of the deceased’s boyfriend who witnessed the accident.

“No one can avoid an accident, but the way one handles the case afterwards is what matters,” the Magistrate said.

Maureen, a third year bachelor of Arts student, was one month pregnant when she died.

She was buried at Mung’aria village, Nyeri County, on July 26, 2018.


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Retired architect found dead, lying behind sofa inside house in Tena Estate



A 70-year-old man was yesterday found dead inside his house in Tena Estate, Nairobi County.

The deceased, said to be a retired architect, was living alone in the house where he was found dead in the sitting room.

Huge smoke billowed from the two-bedroom house at 6am, raising suspicion among neighbours who were preparing to go to work. They called the police who broke into the house and found the body lying behind a sofa set.

His bedroom was intact, with his mobile phone fixed on the wall to charge. The entire Umoja Innercore Estate, which neighbours the area, had a power blackout the whole night.

Police suspect the deceased could have lit a candle and fallen asleep before it burnt out and started the fire.

The fire believed to have originated from the sitting room burnt three seats while the carpet and another seat remained intact.

According to the caretaker of the house, Charles Oyange, the man came in at 5pm on Tuesday, parked his Volkswagen car and had a hearty chat for about one hour before he retired to the house.

“Mzee was in a jovial mood and parked his car, which he bought a month ago,” said Oyange.

Buru Buru OCPD Andamson Bungei said the cause of the fire was yet to be established, but investigations had been launched.


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PHOTOS: Bizarre case as thief falls fast asleep after breaking into journalist’s house



In a bizarre case, a thief who broke into a journalist’s home fell fast asleep midway through his crime.

Confirming the incident in an interview with East Africa Radio, ITV Zanzibar presenter Farouk Karim said that the thief accessed his compound by scaling the perimeter fence.

According to the journalist, the thief stole shoes and clothes from the hanging line before setting his eyes on his car’s power windows. Recounting the fateful night happenings, Farouk said he’d left home early in the morning only to receive a call that a thief had been found at his home.

“I left my house for morning exercise and that’s when I received a call that a thief had been caught at my house; I was shocked. Some of the youths I was exercising with accompanied me and we found the thief was actually not in the house, but my car.

“We found him dead asleep in the car with all he’d stolen the previous night on his lap,” he said.

According to the journalist, the thief easily accessed the car as the doors were not locked and proceeded to steal the power window mechanism from the passenger’s door.

“I think as he tried removing the power window from the driver’s side and that’s when he fell deep asleep.”

Fast asleep

Farouk further revealed that an angry mob gathered at the scene of the crime baying for the thief’s blood.

“I stopped them from beating him up as it was inside my compound; should anything have happened to him, I would have been held accountable.”

That’s when he called law enforcement officers who arrived and handcuffed the thief, who was still fast asleep. He was roused from his deep sleep and taken to the police station.

“We accompanied him to the police station as one would a bride on her wedding day. I think he fell asleep after getting contended with his loot.”

Responding to numerous enquiries from callers insinuating that voodoo had something to do with the incident, Farouk stressed the importance of prayer.

“The easiest way to make a thief fall fast asleep is praying to God to protect you and your home.”


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Woman with world’s longest nails reveals how she lost them



Lee Redmond hasn’t cut her fingernails since 1979.

She dips them in warm olive oil every day and uses bottle after bottle of strengthening and polish to keep them in top condition.

At their longest, her nails on both hands measured a staggering 8.65m in total – earning her the Guinness World Record for the longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female).

She said: “It was just a challenge to myself to see how far they would go before they started twisting out of shape.

“I kept setting dates and dates that I was going to cut them and I just couldn’t do it.

“It’s strange how they become part of you.

“I think my fingernails defined me to a lot of people, I was known as the fingernail lady but to me, I would have to explain to them there really is more to me.”

She was devastated when she lost her nails [Photo: Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images]

But grandmother Lee, from Salt Lake City in the US, had her place in the record books cut short when she was involved in a terrifying car crash and her nails were ripped off.

She was sitting in the passenger seat when the car she was in crashed into another three vehicles, and she was thrown onto the road.

She said: “The first thing I spotted was a fingernail and I started crying.”

She told a witness at the scenes that her nails were record-breaking, and the woman went around and collected all the pieces of nails – which Lee now keeps in a plastic bag to remind her of her time in the Guinness book of fame.

She said: “It was just something I had to accept because I couldn’t change anything.

“The thing that bothered me was, it becomes your identity. I felt I had lost part of that.”

The accident means that while Lee still holds the record for the longest ever, she doesn’t hold the current record – which belongs to Ayanna Williams.

But she looks back at her time with long nails with pride, even though there were many things she struggled to do due to her extraordinarily long nails.

She became known as “The Nail Lady” [Photo: FilmMagic]

One of them was going to the toilet on a plane, and the nails meant she didn’t fit into the small cubicles.

This meant she had to not eat or drink for 24 hours before every long flight.

But she says she could manage to do most other things, including looking after her grandchildren, washing up and writing.

She used to use long pencils with rubbers on the end to type.

But the most common question she used to get asked? How she went to the loo.

Her answer: “Carefully”.


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