Man charged with chopping off his wife’s hands was a 'good guy’

Stephen Ngila Nthenge, accused of chopping off his wife's hands in Kathama Village in Machakos County, sits in a police vehicle after being charged with attempted murder at the Wamunyu Law Courts on August 1, 2016. PHOTO | STEPHEN MUTHINI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A friend of Mr Thenge's, who requested anonymity, described him as “so cool and an excellent youth choir singer”.
  • He separated from his wife and stopped going to church.
  • Mr Thenge grew up at his uncle’s home, close to his new house that is built atop a hill in Ilenge Village.
  • Besides losing both hands, Ms Mwende is nursing serious head, neck and back injuries and has lost hearing in her left ear.

Anyone who speaks of Stephen Ngila Thenge, 34, the man from Machakos County who was recently charged with attempting to kill his wife, Jackline Mwende, 27, but ended up chopping her hands, describes him as a “very good guy”.

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