Jackline Mwende is crying tears of joy after her estranged husband Stephen Ngila who chopped her hands was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Machakos resident magistrate Brenda Bartoo on found the defendant guilty of attempted murder of his wife in Mwala subcounty.
Ngila, who had been earlier been released on a Ksh200,000 cash bail, was given 14 days to appeal the 30 year sentence.
Meanwhile Mwende is pleased with the 30 year sentenced Machakos court handed to her estranged husband.
The mother of one expressed her satisfaction with the court ruling while speaking to journalists after the sentencing.
“I am the one whose hands were chopped off by my husband. I thank the court. God will punish him more because I had hands but now I live with disability,” Mwende said.
She added that;
“I thank the court for its investigations. Some people talked ill about me following my predicament after my husband attacked me and chopped off my hands. May God bless all of them, both who talked well and those who supported me since I am alive. I won’t forget that God is the one who gives children.”
Mwende further recalled the circumstance that led to her husband to chop off her hand. Ngila attacked her at their home village in llinge, Mithini sub-county in Machakos county with a machete on July 18,2016 which also left her deaf in one ear.
She said her husband slashed her with a panga for not bearing children in their seven-year marriage. They frequently quarreled over childlessness.
Mwende said infidelity was the reason for the attack. She decided sleep with another man to get pregnant in a bid to save her marriage.
But on the day of her one-night stand, Mwende said her husband spotted her with another man in Machakos town and decided to retaliate a day later.
“We had sought accommodation in Machakos town because I did not want to bring him to my matrimonial bed,” said Mwende revealing that at the time her husband had abandoned her.
Mwende said after the one-night stand she returned home. But her husband had set neighbors to spy on her. He then returned with a panga and assaulted her.
“It was on the Saturday of July 23. After spending time with the other man I went back home where I lived alone because my husband had taken off three months earlier,” Mwende said.
“Neighbours told him of my trip to Machakos with the man on the Saturday I conceived,” she added.
Mwende stressed that she had an agreement with the man to only make her pregnant, then they would part ways.
“I wanted a child. I was desperate and it was that yearning … and probably the Devil, too … that made me stray out of my marriage. But I did it to save my marriage,” she said.