A 27-year-old Kenyan man was charged with serious harm after chopping off his ex-hand girlfriend’s when she rejected him.
On April 22, 2022, the suspect, Joel Okongo, is accused of cutting the high school student’s left hand in Nairobi’s Silanga neighborhood.
Okongo has also been accused of threatening to kill the victim’s sibling by threatening to chop off his head.
Okongo and the minor had been dating before, but they broke up because she wanted to pursue her schooling.
The suspect had sought to revive the relationship with the minor during the school holidays but she declined his advances which angered the suspect who started issuing threats to her warning her of undisclosed consequences.
On the fateful day, the minor was returning to her parents’ house after visiting a relative when she was waylaid by the Okongo who allegedly aimed a panga at her neck but she shielded herself with her left hand which was severed. The hand was cut into two.
Okongo then escaped into the slums as the minor fell down bleeding profusely. She was rushed to a hospital from where she was referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Okongo denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Esther Bhoke of Kibera law courts.
He was released on a surety bond of Sh200, 000 and an alternative cash bail of Sh60, 000.
The case will be mentioned on June 21 before hearing starts on August 18, 2022.