Police arrest Murang'a woman, 3 teen girls over husband's death

Wednesday March 18 2020

Residents of Good Samaritan village in Gatanga, Murang'a County mill around the scene where a man was allegedly killed and burnt by his wife. PHOTO | NDUNGU GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Police in Murang’a have arrested a woman over her husband’s death.

The 47-year-old woman allegedly hacked her husband using a panga, set his body on fire and attempted to bury his remains outside their home in Good Samaritan village, Gatanga early Saturday morning after a domestic dispute.

Murang’a County police boss Josphat Kinyua said three of the woman’s children are suspected have had a hand in the murder.

Mr Kinyua said the woman and the three teenage girls are in police custody.

James Ndirangu, a brother of the victim, told the Nation that he was attracted to the homestead by huge flames only to find the suspect digging a hole using a jembe and a spade.

“I had just woken up when I saw huge flames at my brother’s home. I approached and found his wife digging a hole and she told me she was burning old rugs.

“I was not satisfied with the answer and pretended to go back to my house. I looked back and saw her dragging a body,” he said. 

Mr Ndirangu made a distress call and neighbours arrived at the home.

They discovered the partly burnt body of his brother.

The police boss said officials have opened investigation into the incident.