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The devil made me do it, woman who killed her four children

Readers Lounge By Antony Gitonga and Audrey Masitsa
Beatrice Mwende claimed that she had been possessed to commit such a heinous act

A woman suspected to have killed four of her children is now blaming evil spirits and a broken relationship.

After spending two nights in police cells, Beatrice Mwende Kimothoi yesterday said reality had hit her and she is yet to come to terms with her deeds, which she termed as demonic.

In a video shared on Facebook, Mwende detailed the happenings of the ill-fated night, claiming that she had been peaceful the enitre day and hadn't even thought about killing her children.

Possessed

“We ate supper together and even watched TV before the children, whom I loved so much, went to bed then I felt another force that got into me,” said Mwende.

Mwende, 42, said her boyfriend whom they parted ways last year would take control over her, ordering her to do all manner of queer things during their relationship.

She claimed that on the 26th day of every month, she would be possessed by evil spirits that commandeered her to do all kinds of deeds that she was not in control of.

"This time around, it was on 26th, on Friday, when now he came in a different version. He started whispering to me on what to do. Even from morning I was jovial, I had not planned anything, I had even not thought of killing my children.

"I looked at the young girl on the seat and I felt hatred. I felt as if something was telling me to kill her and that's what I did. I heard the voice of my ex boyfriend who happened to be in a cult telling me 'Well done. Move on. Continue. Finish the mission.'"

Melody Warigia (8), Willy Macharia (6), Samantha Njeri (4) and Whitney Nyambura (2) were on Saturday found dead on their beds, next to each other. Melody and Willy were students at Milimani Primary School.

I looked at the young girl on the seat and I felt hatred. I felt as if something was telling me to kill her and that's what I did. I heard the voice of my ex boyfriend who happened to be in a cult telling me 'Well done. Move on. Continue. Finish the mission.'

Yesterday, detectives were allowed seven more days to continue holding Mwende. She appeared before Naivasha Law Courts but was not required to plead to the charges. The police said they intended to charge her with murder.

Mental assessment

Corporal Samuel Wambugu also told Naivasha Senior Resident Magistrate Yusuf Baraza that they had not conducted a mental assessment on the suspect nor a post-mortem on the four bodies.

Mwende will appear in court on July 6.

The suspect had earlier stated that on realising what she had done on Saturday morning, she went to seek out the boyfriend who works in Naivasha town.

“I felt so relieved and lighter on seeing him before proceeding to a bar where we always met. That is where the police came for me,” she said.

While seeking for God’s and her relatives’ forgiveness, Mwende who worked with an NGO in Naivasha town, said that at no time had she contemplated killing her children.

“Am hoping that this is a bad dream and I will wake up and find my children healthy because I would never even hurt a fly,” she said.

"I can't believe that I can kill the children I have brought up with a lot of struggle. I could do anything for them so that they can survive."

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