By Lazarus Maitha in Mombasa County.
A 44-year-old man from Likoni, who fatally hacked his wife on Friday following a domestic dispute, has been found dead.
The body of Peter Mutisya was found in a thicket near the Mama Ngina Waterfront by police officers attached to Central police post on Sunday afternoon (January 19).
The cops communicated the discovery with their colleagues at Likoni Police Station, who arrived at the scene and identified the body as that of Mutisya, a suspect who was on the run after allegedly killing his spouse.
Mutisya’s brother, Reuben Mutisya, was called to the scene, where he confirmed that the deceased was his sibling.
Peter Mutisya’s body did not have any visible injuries, hence making it difficult to speculate on the cause of his death, Likoni OCPD Jane Munywoki said.
Mutisya’s body was taken to the Coast Provincial General Hospital mortuary, where a postmortem examination will be conducted to ascertain the cause of his death.
On Friday, January 17, police in Likoni, Mombasa launched a hunt for the 44-year-old man, who was accused of killing his wife following a marital conflict.
Peter Mutisya was alleged to have hacked his wife, Ruth Mutisya, 42, in the head and back at 2am Friday at their Pungu Villa home in Likoni. The reason behind their dispute is yet to be known.
Police told K24 Digital that Mutisya killed Ruth as their five children slept in their room. However, their mother’s screams woke them up. The couple’s eldest child, a daughter aged 21, rushed to her parents’ bedroom, where she found her mother lying on the bed with blood gushing from her head and back.
The daughter, Mbithe Peter, told K24 Digital that her father warned he would harm her if she raised the alarm.
After Mutisya fled the scene, the eldest child burst into loud screams, attracting the attention of neighbours, who rushed to Mutisya’s house and found Ruth had already died.
The neighbours, thereafter, alerted police, who arrived at the scene and took Ruth’s body to the Coast Provincial General Hospital morgue.
The couple’s eldest child said her parents had — in the recent past — been embroiled in unending domestic wrangles.
“The last three days preceding the Friday incident, dad had been threatening to harm my mother,” said Mbithe.
Likoni OCPD Jane Munywoki confirmed the incident.
“Based on the preliminary investigations that we have conducted, the couple had argued before the man reached for a panga and hacked his wife several times in the head and back. The woman died on the spot,” Munywoki told K24 Digital.
“The suspect fled the scene afterwards,” added the OCPD.
Mutisya and Kaveke had five children together (three daughters and two young sons).