Two people have been killed in West Pokot County due to domestic problems among family members for the last two days.
Confirming the incidents in his office, Kapenguria police Officer Commanding police division (OCPD), Anthony Wanjuu said in the first murder incident, a male adult by the name Paul Ruto, 20, was killed on Wednesday morning by his girlfriend after a quarrel ensued between the two.
Wanjuu said the suspect stabbed the deceased with a sharp object, inflicting him with a deep cut on the head and hands which led to his death.
He said the suspect Viola Chemtai is in police custody awaiting to be arraigned in court, while the body of the deceased was taken to Kapenguria county referral hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.
“The body of the deceased had deep cuts on the head and both hands. The incident occurred at Keringet village and the suspect has been arrested and in Kapenguria police station,” said Wanjuu.
The OCPD added that the suspect confessed that she killed her boyfriend after suspecting that he had affairs with school girls, saying she stabbed him several times with a panga.
In the second incident which happened at Morpus area in Batei ward, the body of a 60 year old man Loponyang Kudioki was found dead under a tree within his homestead yesterday after a night drinking spree with his daughter and son.
He said a quarrel ensued between the three and the siblings fought their father and beat him with a blunt object to death.
He said the suspects, Antonio Loponyang 29 years and Irene Tome 35yrs have been arrested and will be arraigned in court.
“The three were drinking illicit brew together. Then later the siblings descended on their father and beat him to death. After discovering their father was dead they ran away. A good Samaritan who visited the homestead in the morning is the one who alerted police officers who rushed at the scene and took the body to Kapenguria referral hospital mortuary,” he said.
Wanjuu noted that in January this year, his office recorded four deaths and also received many cases of assaults, all related to domestic violence as a result of drinking illicit brew.
He said the cases are increasing and advised family members to seek assistance from elders and church leaders before resorting to killing one another.
“Most of the cases are a result of people neglecting their responsibilities as parents. They fail to pay school fees or provide for their families. They end up in drinking dens later thinking they will overcome stress,” he said.
By John Saina