Nairobi - A Kenyan woman has been spared jail for hiring
hitmen to kill her husband after the couple promised a judge that they had
patched up their differences, reports said on Friday.
Businesswoman Faith Wairimu Maina walked to freedom after
her husband, John Muthee, said he had forgiven her for trying to have him shot
in the head and dumped in a ditch.
"I want to forgive her for the sake of our children and
family," the Daily Nation newspaper quoted Muthee as telling a Nairobi
"She is my wife and the mother of my children," he
told the court.
The woman was nabbed when she handed 40 000 shillings ($450)
to undercover policemen as a down payment on the job.
Citizen News TV said the woman wanted him shot in the head
three times, and had promised to pay a further 160 000 shillings upon the
recovery of her husband's bloodstained clothes and his bank card pin numbers.
Detectives said it was her second and possibly third attempt
at having her allegedly unfaithful husband eliminated, and that an earlier
contract flopped when the would-be assassins got cold feet and ran off with the
But the woman's lawyer, John Swaka, said the couple had
agreed to patch things up.
"The court allows for such negotiations in
litigation," he was quoted as saying.
"They have sincerely buried the hatchet."