Police in Subukia are pursuing a middle aged woman who beheaded her husband in Mbogoini village under unclear circumstances.
Marilyn Nduku chopped off Harun Mutua's head on Tuesday evening after a domestic quarrel.
The body of Mutua, with the head severed, was discovered by passersby at a bushy woodland of Mbogoini ridges at the border of Nakuru and Baringo Counties where they had gone to get charcoal and firewood separately.
John Matoi, a neighbour was first to know about the incident after the woman ran to his home panicking and disclosed what had happened.
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“She came to my home panting and said she had badly hurt her husband. We thought he was still alive and rushed to the scene carrying water for him. On arrival we found him dead,” said Matoi.
News about the attack found Mutua’s uncle, David Ndeti who embarked on searching for the woman only for him to spot her fleeing.
“As other people joined me we saw her run towards Mbogoini Trading Center. She realized we were after her and vanished into the thickets. We looked for his father and headed to the scene,” said Ndeti.
On arrival at the crime scene nearly two kilometers into the woodland, the elders were shocked to find Mutua lying lifeless with two deep cuts from the back of his neck.
“There was a pool of blood next to the body which was lying face down. He had been cut twice from the back of his neck nearly detaching his head from the rest of the body. She must have used the machete,” said Ndeti.
Less than ten meters from the body was a heap of firewood the woman had gone to fetch.
His father Julius Kiamba revealed that the two have been living together for the past twenty years and had gotten five children, the eldest being a standard seven pupil.
“They have been having differences in their marriage and always came to us for advice. We had resolved the issues they differed on. Am shocked that the problems had cropped up again,” said Kiamba.
The deceased’s sister-in-law Emily Jemeli revealed that the suspect had fought with the deceased on Thursday forcing her to spend the night at their home.
“She slept in my house on Thursday and Friday. She left my house on Saturday but I learnt she didn’t go to her home after her husband came looking for her on Sunday morning. They met on Monday and spent the day together,” said Jemeli.
She revealed that at the center of their earlier dispute was some cash Nduku had declined to hand over to Mutua.
“Mutua had complained to me that his wife had turned proud and selfish with her money yet they had spent his. That triggered their fight last week but afterwards they resolved the issue,” said Jemeli.
The family and residents had to brave the cold and fear in the woodland which is inhabited by elephants and hyenas.
“We can’t move the body from here since it is a crime scene. We can leave it either because of the animals within the area. We have to wait for the police hoping we won’t be attacked,” said Kiamba.
Subukia Sub County Police Commander Edward Imbwaga said that the matter is being investigated.
“We collected the body last night and took it to Nyahururu Hospital Mortuary. We are making efforts to have the suspect arrested. The cause of the attack is yet to be established,” said Imbwaga.