Wanjiru Charged Over Threat To Kill Wife

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 30, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM UTC

Sammy Wanjiru appears in court to hear the charges leveled against him. Photo: Daily Nation

Kenya’s top marathoner appears to have gone on a gun-toting rampage.

One of the fastest marathoners in history is now in trouble with the law. Olympic gold medalist Sammy Wanjiru has been charged in a Kenyan court with attempting to kill his wife, Tereza Njeri, with an illegal firearm. According to an article in the Daily Nation, Wanjiru has also been charged with trying to kill a maid at his residence, Nancy Njoki, as well as a security guard.

Wanjiru denied the charges and was released on a $3700 bail. He is alleged to have committed the offenses at his Muthaiga Estate in Kenya.

The prosecutor in the case, John Ruto, alleges that Wanjiru hit the security guard with the rifle butt of an AK-47 assault rifle. There are five witnesses lined up to testify in the case.

Wanjiru then allegedly smashed windows at his house with the butt of the rifle, while his wife and maid fled to a guardhouse. Mrs. Wanjiru then escaped and reported the incident to the police.

“The wife clearly stated that her husband had a firearm, prompting a search in their house and it was recovered without a magazine,” said a Kenyan police officer.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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