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Two inmates seriously injured after bloody fight over 'lover'

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By Antony Gitonga | March 10th 2020

Two inmates from Naivasha GK prison were seriously injured following a fight over a ‘wife’ in the country’s largest penal institution.

The two were attacked using a sharpened spoon by a fellow inmate serving a death sentence after they had a fall-out over a partner they shared in the same cell.

Following the attack, the tension was high in prison as police moved in to investigate the case and charged the suspect with aggravated assault.

Trouble started after two of the suspects in the cell got into an argument over one of the inmates whom they both had a sexual relationship with.

According to a source in the prison, the condemned inmate used the penal institution’s workshop to sharpen the spoon before hiding it in the cell.

In the evening, the inmate went for his colleague with the intention of killing him. That was when the others were forced to intervene before warders on duty came to their rescue.

“The suspect has been sharing a cell with four other inmates and accused one of them of taking away his lover leading to the attack,” he said.

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident adding that his officers had visited the prison and the scene as part of their investigations.

He said that the prison department had taken its own internal disciplinary measures while the police had opened a file.

“During the incident, two of the inmates were seriously injured by the colleague using a sharpened spoon and we have recorded their statements as part of the investigations,” he said.

Inmates in the prison which are close to 3,000 have in the past fought over relationships with cases of sodomy being on the rise.

Meanwhile, it is two weeks after a middle-aged man was kidnapped by unknown people and Naivasha police are yet to establish his whereabouts. A lorry that the victim was using is also missing.

In the period that the victim has been missing, the family has received calls demanding Sh200,000 ransom as police moved in to investigate the case.

“We are still following the case and though the victim and the lorry have not been found we are sure we shall get those involved,” said the OCPD.

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