A middle-aged man from Kyome/Thaana ward of Mwingi West, Kitui county is currently being held at Migwani police station after he hacked his son to death.
Mwendwa Mboo is said to have used an axe on his 14-year-old son Mumo Mwendwa after he found him playing with his mates when he had sent him to the river to fetch water.
Esther Mwendwa, the suspect's wife who works in Kibwezi, said she was not at home when the incident occurred and that was only informed by relatives about her son's death.
"His father had sent him to fetch water, instead Mumo went to play with friends," she said.
The son ran away when he saw his father who according to his wife is a violent man as a result of drug abuse.
"He hacked him to death using an axe and knives," she said.
Esther also added that a month earlier her husband hit their son on his head and badly injured him.
"My son died a very painful death. I plead with the government to intervene and ensure justice is served," she added.
She said the son's body is lying at the Migwani hospital mortuary.
Florence Muli, a cousin to the deceased, said the incident took place at around 11:00 pm on Sunday night.
She said the suspect locked the house from inside before he attacked the boy.
Benard Mwangangi, the suspect's elder brother, said on the same night he heard so much noise from his brother's house and assumed it was the normal habit of beating his son.
He said the suspect had been so hostile and most people even feared visiting his home.
"After hearing him yell, I immediately heard his son Mumo screaming for help," Mwangangi said.
Mwangangi later heard his father having an argument with his brother (the suspect) who was insisting that he wanted to kill his son.
When Mwangangi went to the house, he found the 14-year-old lying in a pool of blood and the victim tied with ropes by members of the public awaiting the arrival of police officers.
He also added that the suspect's wife had been living in fear following several insidences of domestic violence.
Confirming the incident, the area chief Grace Mwikali Muli said the man is currently held at Migwani Police station pending more investigations.