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Man who chopped off wife’s hands sentenced to 30 years in prison

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Stephen Ngila, the man who chopped off his wife’s hands in 2016 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

A Machakos court has finally found Ngila guilty of chopping off Jackline Mwende’s hands, hence slapping him with the long jail term.

Ngila who appeared before Machakos Law Courts Senior Resident Magistrate Brenda Bartoo on Tuesday morning has 14 days to appeal the ruling.

Ngila chopped off Mwende’s hands with a machete for allegedly not bearing him children. This, despite several tests showing that it was Ngila who had reproductive health issues.

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He was charged with attempted murder after the July 25 attack in Machakos town.

Women in developing countries face social stigma if they donโ€™t produce at least one child.

While a husbandโ€™s infertility may be to blame, it is usually the woman who is stigmatized.

Mwende was the face of domestic violence with her case sparking national outrage. The local government authority promised a monthly stipend for a year and free transport to the hospital when she needs medical care.

Several corporate sponsors also pledged to help Mwende get access to prosthetic limbs to enable her to live and work independently.

According to the Gender Violence Recovery Center at Nairobi Womenโ€™s Hospital, 50% of Kenyan women between the ages 15 and 50 have experienced either physical or sexual violence.

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