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Nakuru children's murder: Used syringes, empty drug bottles found in slain kids' bedroom

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By Kennedy Gachuhi | September 20th 2021

Family members, friends, pathologists and DCI officers at Nakuru County Mortuary, September 19, 2021. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

The police have collected samples from the bodies of two children who were reportedly killed by their father in Nakuru after he gave them a mixture of drugs on Saturday evening.

This comes as details emerged that the suspect, a doctor, had differences with his wife, who was also taken ill and is admitted to a Nakuru hospital after she learned of the incident.

Relatives who turned up at the Nakuru Municipal mortuary, where the postmortem was conducted declined to speak to journalists.

Nakuru West DCIO Stephen Ambani told journalists the postmortem could not conclusively reveal the cause of death of the two children aged five and three.

“We have engaged a pathologist for purposes of identifying the cause of the death. We haven’t been able to pinpoint the actual cause. Samples have been collected from the two bodies for toxicology investigations,” said Mr Ambani.

The detective said the samples would be sent to a government chemist for analysis and comparison with other samples collected from the scene.

“There were no physical injuries on the bodies of the two children. It is not yet clear how the doctor administered the chemicals. We shall have the process expedited so as to assist the family, which has been greatly shocked by the incident,” said Ambani.

It has also emerged that the killings and the man’s subsequent suicide attempts were well planned.

Police yesterday broke into the man’s house in Milimani Apartments in Nakuru Town West, where they found the doctor unconscious and the minors dead in a different bedroom.

County Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri yesterday said they were alerted of the incident by the man’s neighbours.

The apartment block where the doctor and his family lived. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

“We received information at around 9:30am that something suspect had happened in one of the houses. On arrival, the police didn’t get any response from inside and had to break in,” said Ms Kiraguri.

“We found assorted types of drugs in the house and freshly used syringes. We suspect that the children were injected with drugs. He, too, may have injected himself with the same drugs,” said Kiraguri.

Among the containers found empty on the floor were those of insulin. “In the children’s bedroom we found a knife that had been sharpened,” said Kiraguri.

The doctor, who is also a proprietor of a private hospital located in Nakuru’s Section 58 Estate, was immediately taken to hospital.

“He was admitted at Nakuru Level Five Hospital, where he remained unconscious until yesterday morning. He confessed to us having administered the drugs to the children. Their bodies were taken to Nakuru Level Five Hospital mortuary,” said Kiraguri.

She added that the doctor’s wife had traveled to Nairobi the previous day and had been called back to Nakuru after the incident.

“We shall conduct a post mortem on the two bodies to establish what exactly was administered to the children. Once the doctor is discharged from hospital, he will face murder and attempted suicide charges,” said Kiraguri.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Secretary-General Dr Davji Bhimji described the doctor as a focused man who was keen on giving the best services to his clients. 

“He delivered my third born child recently. The man I know he is, I am still in denial that he would do what he reportedly did to his children,” said Dr Bhimji. 

The doctor is said to have objected to plans by his wife to leave Nakuru for further studies in Nairobi beginning this week. 

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