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Man Murders His 5 Sons and Kills Self

by 26/09/2012 10:40:00 0 comments 6227 Views
Man Murders His 5 Sons and Kills Self

A crazed farmer went berserk and slaughtered his five sons before committing suicide in Kuresoi District yesterday. John Kirui murdered the hapless and innocent children aged two, five, twins aged nine and another aged 10 at Chesirikwa in Nyota location. The 45-year-old father slit the necks of each of his sons as his terrified wife Betty watched before she ran away for her life.

The tragedy happened, according to police, after a long and violent row he had with the mother of the children from 10 pm on Monday night.

After four exhausting hours of a shouting match and physical fight, Kirui snapped and grabbed a sharp machete about the house and started his spine-chilling, bloody slaughter.

The boys were Amos Kipkoech aged ten, twins Dominic Kiprop and Caleb Kipchirchir aged nine, Daniel Kiplagat aged five, and Gideon Kipng'eno aged two.

Kuresoi OCPD David Wambua told reporters Kirui's 37-year-old wife sneaked out of their thatch-roofed home and disappeared into the night. As his wife left, he grabbed the weeping and trembling children one by one and slit their necks with the sharp blade.

The gushing blood and twitching bodies of his own children could not stop Kirui, who earns a living brewing busaa and distilling chang'aa in the village. "The tragedy happened at around 3am this morning (yesterday). The man used a panga and slit their necks, killing each one of them," said Wambua. Wambua said Kirui's wife Betty jumped out of the window after her pleas to her husband fell on deaf ears.

She fell awkwardly and hurt her shoulder and elbow. She would later be treated at Chewamoi Dispensary and discharged. After the chilling slaughter of the innocent, Kirui first doused the house with paraffin then hanged himself in the house with the bodies inside.

"He did the worst, set ablaze the house then roped (hanged) himself inside. He burnt with the children's bodies," added the police officer. According to the man's 24-year-old brother Ronald Kiprotich, Kurui had a troubled relationship for years.

On a previous occasion, Kiprotich attempted to intervene as Kirui beat up his wife, but he was threatened with a knife and he left them to resolve their differences on their own.

"They have been having domestic fights for a long time. Most of the times, he beats her so much. There is a time I tried to help her but my brother threatened me with a knife," Kiprotich told reporters.

Kirui's house is only a stone's throw from Kiprotich's, but when on Monday night he heard raised voices and a commotion, Kiprotich dared not intervene "because my brother was a violent man whose threats I could not take lightly".

Rift Valley provincial police boss John Mbijiwe said Kirui grabbed a rope and hanged himself at the home after burning down one of his houses. "What the man did was quite brutal and we sent CID officers on the ground to piece together what may have happened, but initial investigations indicate that it was as the result of a domestic querrel," said Mbijiwe. Hundreds of villagers streamed to the home to be met with the evil stench of burnt flesh.

Mbijiwe said Kirui had complained to his friends that he was having problems with his wife and that he was looking for ways to solve the matter.

The man is said to have locked the house during the attack on his family late in the night. Some neighbours told the police they heard screams, but thought it was the usual fights between Kirui and his wife. "We have an increase in such incidents within this area and the trend is worrying," the police boss said. Mbijiwe said that only last week, in the same area, a man was arrested for hacking his father to death over a domestic feud.

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