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Man poisons self, his two children in domestic row

20 January 2016, 09:44 Steve Njuguna

Nyahururu - A man and his two young children are admitted at the J.M Memorial hospital in Ol Kalau, Nyandarua County after attempted suicide.

Paul Kung’u, 33, and his children aged 8 and 5 were rushed to the hospital at about 9.0pm after neighbours and relatives forced their way into the house he was locking himself and the children at Mwireri village in the outskirts of Ol Kalau town.

The man allegedly took the children by force from their mother, Esther Wairimu and grandmother in Huhioni village, Nyandarua West district on Monday before forcing them to take cattle dip chemical.

He is also alleged to have taken the acaricide before they were rushed to hospital by neighbours, but spared their youngest child, Charles Macharia who is three years old.

Speaking from hospital bed, Kung’u who is a lorry driver blamed his mother-in-law for the problems dogging his eight-year-old marriage.

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He said he did not remember giving poison to the children. But his wife accused the man of being very violent saying he “picks a panga even at the slightest anger.”

Soon after admission at the hospital, Kung’u sneaked out of his bed, jumped over the fence and disappeared into the darkness.

Hospital management had to seek police help to pursue him. He was found at his mother's home in Witemere Tuesday morning and taken back to the hospital.

The wife said before the incident, she had ran away leaving the man with their children.

The man later took the kids to the mother-in-law but went back for them after learning that his wife had joined them in Huhoini village.

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