Court documents show murdered Australian teacher accused husband of domestic violence

Gabrielle Maina
Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina.

Murdered Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina reportedly feared her husband before she was shot dead in Kenya, according to court documents published by ABC yesterday.

The 40-year-old was shot dead by armed men riding a motorbike while walking near her Nairobi home in the suburb of Karen on October 19 last year.

According to the court documents reported by ABC, Ms Mania accused her estranged husband Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna of psychological torture and six months before her murder had been granted a restraining order against him.

In an affidavit to a Nairobi court in April 2017, Ms Maina said her husband “became extremely violent and was full of uncontrollable anger” after moving to Nairobi from Sydney so her two sons, aged eight and four, could experience another culture and grow up near her husband’s extended family.

Gabrielle Maina
Gabrielle Maina

According to a later affidavit from August, Mr Njuguna refuted the claims and said he was not violent but it was his wife had been the one to grown distant and ended the relationship after she had an affair.

Mr Njuguna and his cousin John Njuguna Waithira, were arrested in relation to her murder, but released without charge on November 1.

The Police are continuing to investigate her murder.