Brothers hack sibling to death in Bomet over land

The siblings have been fighting over a two-acre tea farm.

The remains of the house that was destroyed at Kamogomon, Boito Ward, Konoin, Bomet County, on September 8, 2018. A man was slashed to death by his step brothers during a fight over a two-acre piece of land. PHOTO | COURTESY 

IN SUMMARY

  • Mr Eric Teitul succumbed to deep machete cuts while his brother Mr Josphath Teitul was rushed to Litein Hospital in critical condition after being attacked by their step-brothers.
  • On the eve of the bloody attack, the deceased and his injured brother are said to have destroyed their younger step brothers’ house.  

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A man has been hacked to death in Kamogomon, Boito Ward, Bomet County, while his brother sustained serious injuries following fight over land with their step-brothers. 

Mr Eric Teitul, 45, succumbed to deep machete cuts while his brother Mr Josphath Teitul was rushed to AIC Litein Hospital in critical condition after being attacked by their machete wielding step-brothers identified as Dennis and Kiplangat Teitul.

The four, whose mothers are both deceased, had been fighting over a two-acre tea farm, belonging to their grandfather, according to Kamogomong Assistant Chief Henry Sang.

On the eve of the bloody attack, the deceased and his injured brother are said to have destroyed their step brothers’ house.  

WORKING ON THE FARM

“On Saturday morning, the duo, whose house was destroyed, executed an attack on the two step brothers who were working in the farm. They were attacked using machetes and one died on the spot while the other one, who sustained deep cuts, was rushed to Litein (AIC Hospital) for treatment,” said Mr Sang.

He said the police have launched a man-hunt for the two attackers who are still at large.

According to Ms Joyce Keter, a relative, who witnessed the incident, the deceased and his injured brother had travelled recently from Olengurone and asked their half-brothers to vacate the land.

“Following the dispute, they went ahead to destroy their (brothers’) house. The aggrieved, who slept at a neighbour’s home, had to put up a small tent where they cooked,” she told Nation.co.ke.

TWO-ACRE FARM

The assistant chief said the dispute over land had been long standing and that their attempts to solve it had not borne fruits yet.

The father of the four is said to own land in Olenguruone where he has been living with his first wife's sons.

It is, however, unclear why the duo went to claim the portion of their grandfather’s two-acre farm in Konoin.

The said parcel of land is said to have been given to the second wife’s children.   

Mr Teitul’s body was moved to Kapkatet Hospital mortuary.

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