Father duped son to lick poison to heal measles, court told

A court was yesterday told that a man forced his son to lick a substance believed to be rat poison, leading to his death.

Chief Inspector Fanuel Chacha told Kakamega High Judge Jesse Njagi that the incident was reported at the Mudete Police Station by the suspect’s brother, Wycliffe Mutoko.

Mr Chacha was testifying in a case in which Evan Fedha is alleged to have murdered eight-year-old Vitalis Vuzu on May 16, 2015, at Mudete village.

“When we received the report, we went to the house of the accused person. His own daughter told us that her brother had been told he would be cured of measles,” he said.

Judge Njagi heard that the child was rushed to hospital but he died hours later.

“After a careful search in the nearby shamba, we recovered the sachet believed to have contained the poison. We took it to the Government Chemist for analysis,” the officer told the court. Chacha said investigators also submitted samples of the boy’s blood as well as parts of his intestines, stomach, heart, liver and kidneys for analysis.

He, however, told the court that he did not review the results to establish whether the boy had been poisoned.

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During cross examination by Fedha’s lawyer, Innocent Ondieki, Chacha denied any knowledge that the samples had tested negative for poison. Justice Njagi adjourned the matter to April 29 even as Mr Ondieki asked that the matter be expedited.

The judge also issued summons for Dickson Amuka, who was said to have performed a postmortem on the boy.

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