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Truphena Ndonga Aswani shocked the nation after she admitted to killing her husband and getting a one day prison sentence.

The mother of one admitted he killed her husband James Oyengo Obochi on December 14, last year in what she termed ‘self-defence’ after the couple picked a quarrel. 

Insisting that gender violence made her do the act. This is after on the fateful day, her husband returned home drunk, picked a machete, and informed her he wanted to sell their family land. He threatened to chop off her head if she failed to hand over the land’s title which was in her custody.

Justice Roselyne Aburiri noted that Ms Aswani was a victim of perpetual domestic violence from her husband evidenced by scars on her head, backside and body. Court ruled that Ms Aswani was provoked to kill the husband and handed her a one day sentence. She is happy she escaped the maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the capital offence she faced but she is yet to find closure for the heinous act.

After serving the short and unexpected sentence, Ms Aswani spent months at her brother’s home in Kakamega North, before relocating to Turbo, where she works as a housegirl. She revealed that she cannot access her three-acre parcel in Linao village, Siaya which she bought and stayed on with her late husband. She has been making arrangements to sell their land in Siaya and move with her children elsewhere. 

“I cannot set foot in my home due to cultural reasons and also, the bad memories that I have tried to forget. Not everyone understands that I did it out of self-defence. I want to come to closure with what happened. I want to sell the land and move to another place. However, finding a buyer is a big challenge,” she said.

Aswani has asked for forgiveness even from her in-laws and her husband’s friends. She describes her late husband as “the best man I knew, but he was extremely violent”. She says after her first marriage failed due to suspicion she was barren, Obochi, took her in, loved her and they were later blessed with a child.  


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