A domestic fight ended tragically after a man hacked his wife to death before taking his own life in Nyandarua County.
According to neighbours, Antony Ng’ang’a, 41, killed his wife, Wairimu Nderi, 35, in a fight on Sunday night over unclear family issues. The tragedy happened in Ex-Ndeiya village in Shamata.
James Mwangi, a neighbour, said the father of two might have used an axe and a kitchen knife, which were recovered at the scene, to commit the crime before hanging himself on a tree within the compound.
“We heard distress calls from the children and when we went to find out what was happening, we stumbled on Wairimu’s body lying in a pool of blood inside the house,” Mr Mwangi said.
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After a search, they found Ng’ang’a’s body dangling from the tree in the compound.
Mwangi said the couple had had quarrels for some time and efforts by neighbours to reconcile them had been in futility.
“This is not the first time the couple has been quarreling. It is sad that it has ended in tragedy, said Jane Muthoni, another neighbour.
Nyandarua North sub-county deputy police commander Paul Saitoti who visited the scene said that investigations had been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding the two deaths.
He said the bodies had been moved to Nyahururu County Referral Hospital mortuary.
Nyandarua Woman Rep Faith Gitau condemned the incident, calling on residents to learn how to seek help to resolve disputes in their homes.
“It is sad that we have lost two souls just because of a disagreement,” she said, urging them to shun violence.