By Lazarus Maitha in Mombasa County.
Police in Likoni, Mombasa have launched a hunt for a 44-year-old man who allegedly killed his wife on Friday following a domestic dispute.
Peter Mutisya is alleged to have hacked his wife, Ruth Kaveke, 42, in the head and back at 2am Friday at their Pungu Villa home in Likoni. The reason behind the now-fatal dispute remains unclear.
Police say Mutisya killed Kaveke 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, says 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 Kaveke had already died.
The neighbours, thereafter, alerted police, who arrived at the scene and took Kaveke’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 marital conflict.
“The last three days preceding the Friday incident, dad had been threatening to harm my mother,” said Mbithe.
Likoni OCPD Jane Munywoki has 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. We are still looking for him,” added the OCPD.
Mutisya and Kaveke had five children together (three daughters and two young sons).