A for 40-year-old jilted lover will serve two years in jail for attempted suicide and assaulting his wife.
Arthur Mburu was sentenced for 12 months for each offence, which will run consecutively.
Mburu was sentenced by Loitoktok Principal Magistrate Judicaster Nthuku charged that on November 24, 2021 he had attempted to commit suicide after assaulting his wife, Rahab Mwihaki, 39 at Kimana trading centre.
Mwihaki, while testifying had told the court how on the material day, she was on her way to get milk, when she met the accused who followed her, enquiring about the welfare of his children.
Mburu continued following his wife and when he came close to her, he grabbed her and drew a sword before starting to slash her.
Mwihaki screamed for help and neighbours came rushing for her rescue, while the accused who had withdrawn to a distance, drew his sword and stabbed himself on the stomach.
According to Mwihaki, prior to their separation, the accused kept on threatening her that it was better for them to die than separate.
Police officers from Kimana were alerted and the accused was arrested and both of them escorted to Loitoktok Sub County hospital for treatment.
Mwihaki was treated and discharged, while Mburu was admitted for about two weeks, after which he was escorted to Loitoktok police station and eventually charged with the two offences.
However, in his defence Mburu had told the court the case was a frame up after he differed with his wife and separated after efforts to reconcile them failed.
The accused had told the court that on the material day he met his wife and enquired the welfare of his children, but soon after a boda boda rider arrived and enquired about his relationship with her, before stabbing him in the stomach as well injuring his wife as she tried to defend him.
The court however faulted the narration on the injuries sustained by Mwihaki saying that such injuries can only be sustained by direct attack.
The court noted the accused was out to actualize his mission of killing his wife, before ending his life, hence the two-year sentence.