A middle aged woman from Gikomora village in Maragua Sub County is fighting for her life after she was hacked severally by her brother –in- law.
Felister Njoki was rushed to Maragua Level 4 hospital while unconscious after she was slashed severely with a machete by Patrick Mungai, a Pastor with Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Villagers were alerted by screams of Njoki on Tuesday morning when the pastor woke up and started slashing her with machete.
Residents who talked to KNA alleged that Mungai who stays in Nairobi on Monday made a call to one of his sons informing him he will kill his mother and her child once he arrives at their rural home in Murang’a.
The son after hearing that he alerted his mother forcing her to flee their home before Mungai arrives.
A resident who sought anonymity said when Mungai woke up in the morning he armed himself with a panga and descended on Njoki who was cleaning the compound.
“The lady was slashed in the neck, back, hands and the head. By the time we arrived at the scene we found her lying in a pool of blood. We could not believe the pastor could do such a thing considering he nurtures a congregation in Nairobi,” added the resident.
The villagers said Mungai who is at large had sometimes back attempted to commit suicide, adding that lately he appeared depressed.
A Doctor at Maragua hospital, James Gathera said when the woman was taken to the hospital she was unconscious.
“The lady had deep cuts in various parts of the body and she was admitted. Doctors are monitoring her response to medication. If she will not respond well, she may be transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital,” said the doctor
Police in the area launched a manhunt to nab the pastor who vanished immediately after committing the heinous crime.
In the recent past, the county has recorded increased cases of domestic violence and assault, a scenario that is largely attributed to drug abuse, mainly bhang.
By Bernard Munyao