Murdered Australian teacher “feared for her life” claims lawyer

Gabrielle Maina
Gabrielle Maina

An Australian teacher who was shot and killed in Nairobi last week had previously been granted a restraining order against her estranged husband, her Kenyan lawyer has claimed.

Gabrielle Maina was shot in the Nairobi suburb of Karen on Thursday in what was initially believed to be a botched robbery involving assailants on motorbikes.

However, it’s possible the shooting was targeted with her lawyer telling Australian network ABC that she was kneeling during the shooting.

Ms Maina’s lawyer, George King’ori also said his client feared for her life and had been granted a restraining order in April against her estranged husband.

She required a restraining order against the husband from constantly stalking (and) approaching her place of work.

He added said that the teacher had been trying to secure custody of the couple’s two sons as the relationship was breaking down, claiming she approached his practice for assistance, adding that “she was afraid”.

It’s believed Ms Maina, who moved to Nairobi in 2015 and was headteacher at Hillcrest Preparatory School, was shot and killed after dropping her son off at a friend’s home.