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Man arrested for beheading father-in-law

03 March 2014, 09:30 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A 23-year-old man is being held at Embaringo police station, Kieni sub-county in connection with the death of his father-in-law.

Jackson Ngara is said to have slashed his father-in-law with a panga following a domestic dispute between him and his wife, Purity Wambui.

The Sunday incident, which occurred at Jua-kali Gakanga village, left the residents in pain since the old man is said to have been a friend to each one of them.

It is said that the couple had separated two weeks ago and the old man had gone to pick his months-old grandchild from the son-in-law's house when he met his death.

“We had separated and I went to live with my parents though plans were underway for our reunion. We had gone to pick my baby who is still breastfeeding since he could not continue living with his father at such a tender age,” said Purity.

Initially, the two families had agreed that Ngara would go to the in-laws with village elders to address the couple’s differences with a view to reuniting them, according to Purity.

The incident is said to have occurred when the deceased, who was in the company of his wife and the daughter Purity Wambui, stormed the home of his son-in-law and demanded for the toddler.

But Ngara, who was working a casual labourer in the area, wanted nothing to do with his father-in-law and thus gave him an unusual send off using a panga.

“He rushed to the kitchen and came with a panga and attacked my father from behind, cutting off his neck,” narrated Purity in distress.

The homestead is secluded from other homesteads, according to area senior police administration officer, Francis Wanderi, and therefore it was hard for villagers to respond to her distress call.

After committing the offence, the suspect went to hide at his sister's place where he was arrested.

On his part, Ngara said he was defending himself stating that the deceased was also armed with a panga.

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