Patrick Kirimi is accused of setting fire to Hanna Wambui Kinyanjui’s Sh100,000 home in Waithaka, Dagoretti, Nairobi on July 30, 2021.
The court heard how on a material day, Ms Kinyanjui was informed by her daughter on the phone that one of her rental houses was on fire.
She left Uthiru and headed to the scene where she found the fire being put out. The tenant of the house also arrived after she was called by neighbours and found everything inside her house reduced to ashes.
Neighbours informed them that the guard had been seen at the house before the fire started. He had apparently returned to the house without his ex-wife’s knowledge.
The neighbours later helped the police to identify Mr Kirimi as the man who was seen entering the house before it went up in flames.
The guard however denied the charges before Senior Principal magistrate Derrick Kutto of the Kibera Law Courts.
He was released on a surety bond of Sh200,000 and cash bail of a similar amount. The case will be mentioned on October 8, 2021.
Last week, A man threw a bottle of flammable liquid with a burning cloth wick at his former wife’s house in May last year, damaging the landed property.
Restaurant manager Ismail Didih Ibrahim, now 36, also sprayed “O$P$” (owe money, pay money) on the property even though her family had not borrowed from a loan shark.
As a result, police officers handling the case initially thought that the offences were committed by an illegal moneylender.
Nobody was physically injured in the Molotov cocktail attack but Ismail’s former wife was left so traumatised that the 32-year-old had to attend counselling sessions.
Her family also spent about $600 to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras around their Telok Kurau house as they did not feel safe following the incident.
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