Police in Bungoma have launched a hunt for a middle-aged man who killed his love rival after he found him (love rival) at his (suspect’s) girlfriend’s house in Nambale.
It is alleged the suspect reached for a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim, 34, to death on Sunday night (June 28).
The suspect — according to the woman at the centre of the love triangle — was the one footing her house rent, which was billed at Ksh500 every month.
The victim’s body was found on the roadside, near his lover’s rented house on Monday morning.
The landlord of the house rented by the woman at the centre of the fatal love drama, told K24 Digital that he heard commotion emanating from the 30-year-old woman’s house on Sunday night, but suspected that his tenant and her boyfriend were involved in a minor domestic scuffle.
“When I woke up and stepped out Monday morning, I was shocked to find a youthful man’s body lying on the road near my tenant’s house,” the property owner told K24 Digital.
Some residents identified the deceased as one of the lovers of their 30-year-old female neighbour, “who had multiple boyfriends”.
Attempts by some of the neighbours to lynch the woman were thwarted after police arrived and whisked her to Nambale Police Station.
The woman, who is still in custody, told police that after her boyfriend fatally stabbed her lover multiple times, he fled to an unknown destination.
“The suspect is known. We have since launched a hunt for him, and will arraign him once we get hold of him,” Nambale OCPD Walter Abondo told K24 Digital.
“I urge Kenyans to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. Should a conflict arise between you and your spouse, there are lawful avenues that you can use to resolve your differences. These include seeking help from your area elders, area chief or religious leaders, among other persons in positions of authority,” said Abondo.
The deceased was taken to a morgue in the neighbouring Busia County.