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Villagers lynch man who beat daughter to death

01 July 2014, 11:24 Ken Laban

Kakamega - Residents of Imbisi village in South Wanga Kakamega County lynched a middle-aged man on Sunday for allegedly killing his daughter and secretly burying her on a riverside the previous night.

Jackson Onyango, 42, is said to have beaten his daughter, Mary Achayo, in what neighbors termed as a family tiff which led to her death.

He later buried the body the 5-year-old to conceal evidence.

“We heard screams of the child for a very long time and as concerned neighbors, we went to check what was happening because the child but he chased us away with a panga,” said Musa Juma, a neighbour who explained that they discovered a fresh grave along the river bank the following day.

“Because our tradition does not allow us to bury the dead along river banks, we dug up the grave only to find the body of the child. That’s when we realised that the child had been killed by her father.”

The suspect managed to escape and has been in hiding until Sunday when he sneaked back to his home before the villagers pounced on him.

“Why would a father kill his own child? Which grievous mistake had she committed that warranted her to die. Parents should protect their children but this one decided to kill his own flesh and blood. This has never happened in our village,” said a villager who only identified himself as Timo.

He said the villagers were alerted of the man's return by a herd boy who saw him sneak back home.

“After we were informed, we went to his home to force him to surrender to police but he instead drew a panga and tried to attack us. We decided to teach him a lesson but unluckily, he died,” said Timo.

Mumias OCPD, Farah Mohammed confirmed the incident and said police have launched investigations to establish whether the deceased was the murderer.

He said the girl had visible injuries at the back of her head, an indication that she was hit by a blunt object.

"Investigations have been launched to establish the motive behind the murder of the child and the suspect. Apart from head injuries, no other marks were visible,” said Mohammed.

He further said the girl was murdered over the weekend but the incident was reported Sunday by the child’s grandmother.

He said the grandmother has been staying with the suspect's children since he separated with his wife but on the fateful day, the child did not come home.

"We are busy piecing together vital information in regard to the incident since there is too little the grandmother has to say about it," Mohammed noted.

Police officers took the bodies to St Mary's mission hospital mortuary pending postmortem.

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