It’s death sentence for woman who killed customers with poisoned brew
A brewer of illicit liquor was sentenced to death yesterday for intentionally selling poisonous chang’aa, which killed five people and caused permanent disabilities to others.
Jeniffer Wanjiru, alias Mama Flora, alias Mama Mwangi, alias Mama Kabiri, committed the offence five years ago. Justice Jessie Lesiit (pictured) said she intentionally laced the brew, commonly known as yokozuna, with ethanol and sold it to customers.
The five who lost their lives after drinking the brew in Gitambaya village, Ruiru, on September 11, 2011, were Festus Nzuki, David Nduati, Samuel Wanjiku, Julius Mwangi and Jane Kamau. Lesiit said Wanjiru knew the levels of ethanol and methanol she had put in the brew were very high and would cause death to her customers.
She had been charged with eight counts of murder, but the judge found her guilty of causing the deaths of five people. Lesiit said though Wanjiru was a first offender, she was “totally indifferent as to the effect of the alcohol she was selling”. She said many of her victims ended up in hospitals in severe conditions, while others will live with permanent conditions.
Wanjiru was first charged in a Thika court with selling illicit brew but the DPP substituted the charges after postmortem results showed the villagers died after drinking liquor laced with methanol. Wanjiru pleaded with the court for leniency, saying she was sorry for her acts. “I plead with the court to forgive me as I am a first offender. I am sick and I was the sole bread winner in my family. I have also learnt my lesson,” she said.