A 32-year-old man from Sachosoi location in Baringo Central Sub-County was on Saturday hospitalized at the Baringo Referral Hospital after being struck with a machete by a friend after a heated exchange over a lover.
Josphat Kemboi, who spoke to KNA at Baringo Referral Hospital, said that on Friday around 9:00 pm after drinking liquor with his friend, Kandie Koech, the friend requested him that they take a walk.
“We then left to Mercy Chemitei’s house, my girlfriend, a heated argument with the man ensued and without notice my drinking buddy removed a machete and hit me on the head three times,” Josphat said.
Writhing in pain, he stated that his friend and the girl friend attacked him with Kandie hitting him on the head while the woman kicked him on the face.
“I tried to defend myself with my arms, Kandie hit me with a panga on the hand and I wasn’t able to fight any more for I was losing too much blood,” Josphat said.
Speaking to KNA area Assistant Chief, Jane Koros, stated that she was informed by a village elder, James Kigen, of an injured man on Saturday morning.
“I was informed of the incident, I found the man injured on the road, took my car and drove him to Kabarnet Referral Hospital,” Assistant Chief said.
She stated that in the process she was able to arrest Mercy who is currently locked up at the Kabarnet Police Station, while the other suspect has since ran away with police launching a manhunt for him.
According to village elder, James Kigen, he was informed of an injured person by a child who had found the man lying by the roadside.
Mercy Koech, a relative to Josphat stated that the woman suspect is alleged to be double dealing different men and asked the police to investigate the matter to save other men.
According to the medical report signed by Kelvin Bitok, the Resident Clinical Officer, the patient was assaulted by people known to him on Friday night, thus sustaining deep cuts in the head.
He further stated that there was a fracture on the skull, leading depressed cavity on the parts that had been hit by a machete. He added that the injury extent was severe and that they were monitoring the patient with a possibility of referring to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for specialized procedures.
By Laban Kiptoo and Christopher Kiprop