Nyeri: 58-year-old man hangs self after killing his wife using hammer

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 29 May, 2023 13:58 | 2 mins read
Nyeri: 58-year-old man hangs self after killing his wife using hammer
Police vehicle parked at the scene of crime. Photo/Loise Wambugu

Police in Mathira Sub-county in Nyeri County have launched investigations to establish the circumstances under which a 44-year-old Community health volunteer was murdered by her husband in the wee hours of Monday morning May 29, 2023, at Gathugu village in Mathira.

It has been alleged that Judy Wangui was killed by her husband, 58-year-old Dedan Gachoka, using a hammer, who after the incident hanged himself on their house terrace.

Confirming the incident, Mathira East Sub-county police commander Benjamin Rotich, Gachoka Kamau killed his wife Judy Wangui by hitting her with a blunt object on the head.

Rotich said that the incident occurred at an unknown time on Sunday night and they are yet to establish what transpired between the couple leading to the heinous act.

"The incident happened on Sunday night but we cannot ascertain the exact time as the neighbours learnt of the incident in the morning. We are yet to establish what led to this," Rotich said.

According to the villagers, they discovered something was amiss in the compound when they noticed the body of Gachoka hanging on the terrace of his house.

"We saw Gachoka's body hanging on the terrace of their house and that is when we knew something was amiss, we had to break the homesteads gate to access the compound," a neighbour said.

Residents gather inside the couple's compound. Photo/Loise Wambugu

They broke his first gate but they could not immediately access his house until when the police arrived at the scene and broke into the house only to find his wife lying lifeless in a pool of blood in their bedroom.

According to Rotich, the couple's two children were at school during the incident and therefore were not harmed.

The bodies are being preserved at the Karatina Sub-county Hospital morgue as investigations commence.

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