Olympic champion Wanjiru charged over threat to wife’s life
Posted by Administrator on December 30, 2010
Olympic marathon champion Samwel Wanjiru has been charged with threatening to kill his wife, Tereza Njeri, using an illegal firearm.
The two-time Boston marathon winner was also charged with threatening to kill their househelp, Nancy Njoki, and wounding a security guard, William Masinde.
Mr Wanjiru denied the charges in a Nyahururu court and was released on a bond of Sh300,000 with a similar surety.
He is said to have been committed the offences on Wednesday at his Muthaiga estate home in Nyahururu town.
Prosecutor John Ruto told the court that the renowned athlete hit Mr Masinde with a rifle butt on the cheek and on the right hand.
The court heard that investigations were complete and five witnesses would testify.
The firearm has been forwarded to ballistics experts for analysis to determine whether or not it was used to commit other offences.
Senior Resident Magistrate Alice Mong’are set January 9, 2011 for mention and the hearing on March 14.
The athlete, who is also the Chicago and London marathon champion, said through his lawyer Ndegwa Wahome that he had been framed.
Mr Wanjiru spent Wednesday night in custody as a special team from Central Provincial Police headquarters conducted investigations.
Source: Daily Nation
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