A man who chopped off a university student’s hand was Thursday arraigned before Ukwala senior resident magistrate’s court and charged with causing grievous harm.
Fredrick Onyango Otieno was charged with chopping off the left hand of 26-year-old George Otieno Lang’o.
Onyango who appeared before Ukwala Senior Resident magistrate, Calistus Sindani, denied assaulting the Egerton university student on 13th April, 2020 at Kirindo village, Nyamsenda sub location in Ugenya Sub County.
In his evidence, the fourth year Bachelor of Science student narrated how the accused and two other assailants not before the court attacked his (George’s) father who was working on his farm, and he had rushed to defend him when the incident occurred.
Lang’o said the incident has caused him anguish as the chopped off hand was the one he was relying on for all his activities, including writing.
As a final year student who was expected to sit for examinations and work on a project and present before graduation, Lang’o said that the incident has left him dreading any report that the university would open soon.
He said that the trio had cut his father on the fore head, sending him reeling to the ground and he rushed to help save him but before he could intervene, the accused chopped off his left hand, just above the wrist, with a panga.
George’s father, Christopher Lang’o said the incident occurred at around 7 am as he was working on the farm. He said that the accused, a son to his cousin, and two other men came to his farm and started uprooting his maize crop for unknown reasons.
“When I approached them to enquire why they were doing this, they yelled at me and started beating me,” he told magistrate Sindani, adding that within minutes, he was on the ground struggling with the assailants who cut him on the head.
Mrs. Anna Lang’o, George’s mother who was also in the farm, narrated how she wailed to raise alarm as the assailants assaulted her husband and later chopped off her son’s hand.
The prosecutor, state counsel Lydia Kenyeru asked for adjournment to enable a doctor from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga referral hospital who treated both Christopher and George Lang’o to testify.
Magistrate Sindani adjourned the hearing to 27th August, 2020.