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Woman goes into hiding after fatally stabbing her lover

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By Mercy Kahenda | May 18th 2020

Police are looking for a woman who allegedly stabbed her lover and left him for dead in Mariashoni, Molo Sub-county.

Molo Police Commander Joseph Karanja said the victim, until his killing a casual labourer, had visited the woman on Saturday when a quarrel ensued.

According to police, the woman’s neighbours reported hearing a heated argument coming from her house, only for the man to be found stabbed several times. 

Mr Karanja said neighbours who went to the house found the man bleeding from cuts to the hands and head. The woman had fled the scene.

The neighbours took the man to Molo Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“The suspect left the man for dead,” said the police boss.

When news of the man’s death reached the woman’s neighbours, they burnt two of her houses. The locals accused the 45-year-old suspect of engaging in the brewing and sale of illicit alcoholic drinks.

Peter Njoroge, a neighbour, said the suspect and victim had an on-and-off relationship, and that they fought often. “I do not know what prompted locals to burn the suspect’s houses, but they claimed the woman was notorious for beating her lover,” said Mr Njoroge.

Beatrice Kimani, also a neighbour, said they had tried in vain over the last three years to have the woman and the victim arrested for operating an illegal brewery.

“Though we don’t know what transpired between the two, we suspect they were drunk because they sell illicit brews,” said Ms Kimani. 

She urged police to take action against the woman and also end illicit drinks’ brew and sale in the area, which she claimed had contributed to rise in crime “It is worrying that the youth spend hours drinking and resort to stealing to earn a living,” said Kimani.

Karanja said he would work together with the local Nyumba Kumi to arrest the said brewers.

Two weeks ago, the wife of an assistant chief at Maji Mazuri in Rongai was allegedly attacked by local brewers following a raid.

County Commissioner Erastus Mbui told The Standard local administrators had been ordered to intensify efforts to close the breweries.

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