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Granny, 60, raped and murdered

19 February 2013, 13:11 Alloys Musyoka

Police officers in Malindi are investigating a case where the body of a 60 year old woman was found in her house with injuries at Sabaki area in Magarini district.

The deceased, Kadzo Kapombe, is said to have been murdered by unknown people who disappeared into thin area after the incident on Sunday night.

Witnesses told journalists that the attackers raped the helpless woman who was sleeping at her bed in her house on Sunday night before killing her using sharp objects.

The woman had a deep cut on his face and another one on her head with authority saying she might have died due to profusely bleeding after the incident since there was nobody to take her to hospital.

Area chief Francis Fondo said the deceased was found on her bed dead on Monday morning by her neighbors who had gone to find what had happened.

"Neighbors went to look for their colleague because it was not usual for her waking up late just to find her body laying dead  on her bed," said the chief.

The chief added that police officers from Malindi district arrived at the scene and collected the body of the deceased to a private hospital mortuary in Malindi.

He said the cause of the murder has not yet been established noting that police officers have started investigations in a bid to arrest those behind the attack and establish their motive.

Fondo observed that there has not been such killings in the area for a long period of time now saying it was shocking to the local residents.

Magarini and Malindi districts have for a long time been faced with killings of elderly people suspected to be practising witchcraft, a fact that Kaya elders in the area have dismissed so far saying elderly people are being killed so that their lands can be inherited  by their grandchildren.

Malindi District Cultural Association secretary general Joseph Mwarandu said there has been a trend by a certain group of youths to kill their grandfathers and fathers whenever they differ over land issues.

He said the government has a sole responsibility of safeguarding every individual in the country as a constitutional right and bring to book those involved in such incidents.

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