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Kenyan nurse prepared to forgive after horror attack

Posted by Administrator on September 28, 2010

Lydia Munene before the attack

Lydia Munene before the attack

Lydiah Munene treats every day as a gift.

A year after an attack that killed her friend and left her at death’s door, the Christchurch nurse is smiling and thankful she is still alive to be a mother to her two sons, Michael, 14, and James, 9.

She can even forgive the person who took her friend’s life and nearly her own.

“I don’t think about the past. I’m just thinking about my kids. It’s a gift to be alive,” she told the Herald in her first media interview since the attack.

“And that is why I have become a very positive person … Once you forgive and forget, you just start getting other good things following you.”

Ms Munene, 35, was found with critical head injuries in her Christchurch flat alongside the slain body of friend Stephen Mwangi Maina, 38, in September last year.

Police say a weapon was used, but will not disclose what it was.

She was taken to Christchurch Hospital’s intensive care unit and placed in an induced coma.

Part of Ms Munene’s skull had to be removed to relieve pressure on her swollen brain, and she now has a titanium plate in her head. She had to re-learn the English language which she lost after the trauma to her brain.

Ms Munene’s estranged husband, Samuel Ngumo Njuguna, is believed to have travelled to his homeland of Kenya a day after the attack.

He is being sought by police in relation to the attack, but police are unable to comment on progress in finding him.

Ms Munene, who moved to New Zealand six years ago with her husband and children, said she had no memory of the attack. “I know what was done to me, but I don’t have any memory of that day.”

Ironically, Ms Munene had started work as a nurse at Christchurch Hospital not long before she was rushed there for surgery following the attack.

Those caring for her and visiting friends would not tell her what had caused her injuries.

She remembers questioning a nursing student taking her to rehabilitation.

“And I asked her ‘why am I in a wheelchair? Where is my uniform? I work here’. That was the first time [I remember].” After she was told what had happened to her and Mr Maina, Ms Munene went to church and prayed “seriously”.

“I just felt that God told me to relax and to forgive, and that is what I did.”

Ms Munene said she had not known Mr Maina for long, but considered him a friend and “good person” who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

She is planning to join an induction programme for new nurses in February.

Her sons were doing well. “They are happy. We operate as a family, and we discuss things. And I ask them if they have any problems. And they don’t seem to have any problems.”

Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10676737

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Dozens to testify in Kenyan nurse’s case

Posted by Administrator on September 28, 2010

OSHAKATI – A record 80 witnesses are expected to testify in the case of the Kenyan national who is accused of murdering his wife and hacking her body into pieces before allegedly dumping and scattering the parts at various places in and around Grootfontein.

Twenty witnesses testified in the High Court at Oshakati since last week. Two witnesses gave evidence that revealed that Kenneth Bunge Orina and Rose Chepkeimoi Kiplangat’s home was haunted by domestic violence.

A taxi driver, who took the couple to and from work, informed the court that the couple lacked love for each other. He said he noticed that Orina and his wife had arguments on several occasions. One morning, Kiplangat allegedly blocked Orina from entering the taxi on their way to work. As a result, Orina stayed behind.

Another witness, the Station Commander at Grootfontein Police Station, Amon Ndilula, told the court that on July 9, 2007, Orina now 37, asked the police for protection against his wife.

Orina allegedly informed Ndilula that Kiplangat was aggressive towards him, thus she needed to be detained for a few days while he (Orina) was arranging for her to go back to Kenya.

Ndilula testified that Orina told him that Kiplangat fought him, attacked him and on one occasion, tried to pour hot water on him while he was sleeping.

Meanwhile, Kiplangat reportedly visited the police station claiming that her husband was abusive towards her – another police officer testified. Inspector Magdalena Garises, Ndilula’s colleague testified that on several occasions, she found Kiplangat barefooted, disoriented and crying. Kiplangat allegedly complained that she had been abused by her husband.

Both Ndilula and Garises testified that the couple was then referred to Woman and Child Protection Unit where domestic violence cases are dealt with.

Kiplangat’s body parts were found dumped at different places around Grootfontein between September 14 and 17.

The parts were initially identified as those of Gochas’ former resident Jacoba Wilma Olivier. But when Olivier turned up alive, it was discovered that the body parts were those of Kiplangat, who was reported missing. Orina reported his missing wife to the police.

Orina was later arrested as the prime suspect in his 33-year-old wife’s murder. He has remained in custody since his arrest in October 30, 2007. He has so far pleaded not guilty to the counts of murder and obstructing the course of justice or attempting to obstruct the course of justice, alternatively violating a dead human body.

Source: http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=13270

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