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80 years old man hacked to death in Malindi

21 March 2012, 10:53 Alloys Musyoka

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Somber mood has engulfed a family of an 80 years old man who was hacked to death by unknown people on Monday nightat Kavunyalalo village, Goshi location in Malindi district.

Mr. Ngumbao Sally is said to have been murdered by unknown people who raided his homestead at midnight when he was taking a local wine (Mnazi).

The gang which are said to have been armed with Pangas and other crude weapons raided the homestead of the poor man and started attacking him.

The area chief Mr. Joseph Ziro confirmed the incident and said that the elder was found with deep injuries o fsharp objects on his neck and other parts of his body.

He said the assailants almost chopped off the head of the deceased during the attack.

“The deceased had deep injuries on his neck and almost all his body parts were seriously injured. But what moistly affected the poor man leading to his death is the deep cut on his neck which was almost chopped off,” said the area chief.

However the provincial administrator revealed that they had identified one of the suspect connected to the murdering of the old man noting that he will be arrested.

He said the suspect is believed to have hired the armed gangs to kill the old man after they had quarreled accusing the deceased of practicing witchcraft.

“The suspects we are refereeing is one who accused the deceased of practicing witchcraft and at a time he threatened to kill him so we have information that he is the one who had hired the gang to kill the old man,” added Mr. Ziro.

After the incident, the chief notedthat the suspect disappeared from his homestead adding that they had begun lookfor him from all corners of the district until they apprehend him.

Malindi Officer Commanding Police Division Mr. Kiprono Lang’at confirmed the incident and said they had launched investigations in to the matter noting that all suspects involved would be brought to book.

“We have not arrested anybody but investigations are on top gear until all suspects involved are arrested,” he said.

Cases of elders being murdered for practicing witchcraft in Malindi and Magarini districts have been on the increase.

Provincial administration has warned that he will treat all family members of the deceased as suspects.

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