Man kills daughter, commits suicide
11 February 2015, 21:57
Nyeri - A somber mood engulfed Nyakahai village, Mathioya sub-Count in, Murang’a on Wednesday after a 28-year-old man allegedly killed his step-daughter before hanging himself.
The body of James Wachira was found by area residents dangling from a mango tree while the body of his class four daughter was later found dumped in a nearby thicket.
The father of three had assaulted and injured his wife on Tuesday night before venting his anger on his nine-year-old daughter after his wife escaped.
A relative to the deceased, Mercy Ndunu said the man has not been staying with his wife after they separated sometime back adding that the woman had gone to visit her children who have been staying with their father.
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“Wachira has been a violent man, which is the reason for their separation but the deceased took the children from his wife and he has been staying with them,” explained Ndunu.
While confirming the incident, Murang’a County Administration Police Commander said the deceased strangled his daughter to death before he hanged himself at around 9.30pm on Tuesday.
“The body of the girl was found 100 metres from where Wachira had committed suicide. We first removed his body and later received a call from locals telling us about the girl,” said the officer.
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