Custody for a Woman who allegedly tried to poison her child

A single mother who allegedly attempted to kill her six year son child by lacing his food with poison will remain in Prison custody until March 21, when the hearing of her case would commence.

Terry Viata Muthoni, 22, was unable to raise the Sh.300, 000 bond and a surety of same amount the court had imposed before she could be released after denying the charge.

When her case came up for a mention on Wednesday, Muthoni asked the Kerugoya Chief Magistrate (CM), Samuel Soita to reduce the amount of the bond since she could not secure a surety.

Am not able to raise the bond you granted me due to the fact that am a single mother, sick and no one wants to stand as surety for me, she told the court.

The prosecution led by State Counsel, Beatrice Muthoni objected to having the accused’s bond condition reviewed downwards, noting she was likely to abscond.

The accused committed the alleged offence at Kagongo village but she does not reside there and this proves our fears of a likelihood of absconding, she submitted.

The Council also informed the court an analytical report on the food sample from the Government Chemist was yet to be received to ascertain what kind of poison was used.

The CM then ruled the bond could neither be lowered nor changed due to the gravity of her alleged offence.

She was charged that on January 16, 2018 at , with intent to murder, she unlawfully laced her son’s food with poison.

Muthoni, who has since denied committing the criminal offence, was unrepresented when the matter came up for a mention yesterday.

The prosecution has lined up 11 witnesses to prove its case against Muthoni who include the son she was accused of attempting murder.

Source: Kenya News Agency