By Richard Mugo
Residents of Kianyaga in Gichugu Constituency, Kirinyaga County are reeling from shock after a middle-aged man killed his wife and then committed suicide.
The man, identified only as Sammy, fatally stabbed his wife, identified only as Carol, multiple times, and thereafter took his own life by hanging. The incident happened on Thursday night.
It is said that the couple had argued before the tragic incident. It is, however, not known what caused the now-fatal dispute.
Sammy, who works at a butcher’s shop in Kianyaga, arrived home in the evening after submitting the day’s earnings to the business owner identified as Charles Kamau.
Shortly after arriving home, he allegedly got into a scuffle with his partner, whom he allegedly stabbed with a kitchen knife several times in the chest and other parts of the body.
Sammy, thereafter, reached for a rope, tied it to the rafters and hanged himself, police said.
The deaths came as a shock to neighbours, who described the couple’s marriage as “peaceful”.
Winfred Nyambura, a next-door neighbour, said Sammy separated from his first wife, and his relationship with Carol was his second marriage.
“He has a son from his previous marriage. Sammy and Carol never lived with the son, but he rented a house and hired a nanny to take care of the boy. For the time I have known him, he has been a really good man, who speaks less. I am shocked that he killed his wife and thereafter committed suicide,” said Nyambura.
Kirinyaga County Commander Leah Kithei confirmed the incident, saying police have launched investigations into the apparent murder-suicide.
Carol’s body was taken to Kibugi Funeral Home in Kutus Town.