A man was on Wednesday sentenced to one year imprisonment by a Murang’a court for assaulting and injuring his colleague.
Following evidence tabled before the court, Patrick Mwangi was found guilty of pushing Philip Wachira from a second floor of a building in Murang’a town on December 2, 2017, occasioning him grievous injuries.
In his evidence, the complainant told the court that on the fateful date he heard a commotion and fight from a barber shop which was next to a hotel where he was taking lunch.
He added that he rushed to the scene and found the accused assaulting the barber and the accused turned him, roughed him and pushed him over a balcony, causing him to fall to the ground.
“I tried to intervene but the accused turned his wrath on me and pushed me over the balcony where I fell from second floor to the ground sustaining serious injuries,” Wachira narrated before the court.
The barber, Nephat Muchiri, said the accused was his regular customer and on that particular day they had differed before he picked a fight.
The complainant, Muchiri told the court, was “trying to help me from the grasps of Mwangi who was trying to strangle him.”
The court also heard that the accused was beaten and was about to be lynched by angry members of the public but was rescued by area assistant chief who took him to Murang’a police station.
A medical report presented in the court indicated that the complainant sustained serious injuries on his head, hands and legs and was admitted for several weeks at Murang’a level 5 referral hospital.
Principal Magistrate Edwin Nyagah said the prosecution had proved beyond any doubt that the accused committed the offense.
In his mitigation, Mwangi pleaded for leniency saying he was an orphan and he has stayed in remand since the time he was arrested.
The magistrate gave him 14 days to appeal if he was not contented with the judgment.
By Bernard Munyao and Irene Njui