Even as the country still struggles to grapple with, and make sense of, the horrifying incident that happened in Kandara where a 65 year old granny allegedly grabbed an axe and slashed the throat of her 99 year old husband in a terrifying case of cold-blooded murder, more chilling details are coming from no less than her family members who claim that this isn’t the first, or even second time, that she’s killing a relative.
“She has been in and out of this marriage. For the 52 years that they have been man and wife under customary law, they have lived together for about 15 years,” said Mr Dunson Ngigi, Mugachia’s younger brother.
He said that the two had been living a life of conflict, “regarding the paternity of children, family land and suspicions of infidelity”.
Mr Ngigi claimed the murder suspect was against her husband being given money or food.
“There was a time in 2019 when we contemplated taking him to a rescue home for the elderly but she threatened us with all manner of repercussions,” said Marion Nduta, a grandchild in the family.
The stormy relationship ended tragically on Sunday at 7.30am in Ndururumo village when the two clashed.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect was quarrelling her daughter-in-law who had given the deceased breakfast. The husband came out to defend the daughter-in-law and that is when hell break loose,” Kandara police boss Catherine Ringera said.
The wife is reported to have broken into a verbal rage and ran for a machete that she used to fatally harm her husband.
By the time those present intervened, the man lay dead with a slit throat and the right ear chopped off. He also had a deep cut in the right arm.
Among those police investigators quizzed was the daughter-in-law, Betty Mumbi, who had quarreled with the suspect.
She dropped an astonishing and unbelievable allegation, claiming that this wasn’t the first time that the accused had murdered a family member, and that in the past, she had killed five of her children through strangling them.
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