ASSAULT

'We are friends' woman says after assault charges on boyfriend

"... I have not received any dowry payment from Atandi."

In Summary

• He is said to have snatched her phone immediately she arrived from work and forced her to disclose the pin number.

•Wanjugu's father said that he was not aware of the house rent arrangement between his daughter and the boyfriend.

Ferdinand Atandi at a Makadara law courts
Ferdinand Atandi at a Makadara law courts
Image: CORAZON WAFULA

We are 'just friends'.

These were the words of an SGR attendant who was in court after her boyfriend was charged with assaulting her.

Ferdinand Atandi was charged on Thursday with assaulting Jackline Wanjugu, a Standard Gauge Railway station attendant and causing her bodily injuries.

 

The court heard that Atandi took Wanjugu's immediately she arrived from work and forced her to disclose her pin number.

This was before Atandi started beating her while armed with a knife before threatening to kill her.

After a while, Wanjugu disclosed that she started nose bleeding and sought help through Facebook while Atandi went to the washroom.

 
Jackline wanjugu and Daniel Gathuma at a makadara court
Jackline wanjugu and Daniel Gathuma at a makadara court
Image: CORAZON WAFULA

But Atandi denied the charges before chief magistrate Heston Nyaga.

He claimed that Wanjugu was his 'wife' and the incident was a domestic issue.

Wanjugu's father, Daniel Gathuma, who was present in court did not take it lightly that her daughter was assaulted.

NOT MARRIED

 
 

Gathuma said he had no idea that his daughter was married to Atandi.

He narrated to the court that on January 13, he received a phone call at 5am from a woman who informed him that his daughter’s life was in danger.

Gathuma said he was informed that Atandi allegedly wanted to kill Wanjugu.

"I drove from Utawala to Tassia in 15 minutes to rescue my daughter from the “abusive boyfriend”, he said.

He claimed that Atandi exited through the kitchen window after he knocked on the door.

Gathuma said he was unaware that the Sh18000 rent he sends his daughter is not being used for the intended purpose.

Wanjugu told the Court that she was friends with Atandi adding that they have been cohabiting and sharing the cost of rent.

But the magistrate asked Wanjugu's father whether Atandi had paid dowry for his daughter.

“... I have not received any dowry payment from Atandi. They have been cohabiting and Atandi has only few belongings like clothes in the house,” he said.

The two have lived together for 10 months.

The hearing of the case has been set for May 6, 2020.