Man commits suicide after killing wife, child

Thursday March 6 2014

Mutwala villagers mill around the scene where a

Mutwala villagers mill around the scene where a 37 year-old man committed after killing his wife, 10 months-old child and a house help in Muhoroni, Kisumu County on March 6, 2014. PHOTO/JACOB OWITI 

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A 37-year-old man killed his wife, their 10-month old baby and house help in Muhoroni, Kisumu County before hanging himself near a stream where he had dumped their bodies.

Fredrick Muindi’s body was discovered by villagers going to fetch water at a stream about 400 meters from his house.

The man had been having a long-standing family feud with his wife, a mother of eight, only identified as Eunice.

Those close to the family say he married Eunice in 2013 without knowledge that her first husband had died.

“He had been complaining about his wife and we had repeatedly engaged them in an attempt to end the row,” Mtwala Location chief Benson Otieno said.

According to Mr Otieno, the man had reported to his office that the woman’s unbecoming relationship with men around the village was hurting him.

The woman, a waiter at a local eatery in Koru Township, is said to have developed a habit of coming home as late as 9pm yet she had a breastfeeding child.

Area police boss Muthuri Mwongera told Nation that the baby and house help children were foaming in their noses and mouths at the time their bodies were found.

“We suspect that the victims were poisoned before being dumped in the stream,” Mr Mwongera said.

He said no physical injuries were observed in the bodies which were later taken to Jaramogi Oginga Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary for post mortem.

Mr Mwongera confirmed that the man has been reporting to the probation office after being ordered to so due to threats he had made to his children.

Earlier, Mr Muindi’s relatives took his seven children after he threatened to kill them.

He had previously attempted to commit suicide by jumping into Nyando River but was rescued by herdsmen.