Police in Kwale County are in pursuit of a teacher who attacked his estranged wife before fleeing the scene.
James Kimeu, a 35-year-old teacher at Menzamwenye primary school, is said to have attacked 29-year-old Caren Namubuya with a kitchen knife and a hammer.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the two had separated before the attacker, Jame Kimeu, invited Namubuya to his house in a bid to reconcile,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
Kimeu, however, allegedly locked the main door with a padlock and turned on her savagely with a kitchen knife and a hammer.
“Neighbours who heard the commotion forcefully gained entry into the house and found the victim lying on the floor in a pool of blood,” said the DCI.
Kimeu, however, managed to escape and detectives have since launched a manhunt for him.
Namubuya who was hit severally on the head with a hammer and stabbed on the chest is recuperating at the Lunga-Lunga Sub-County hospital in stable condition.
Murder in classroom
Meanwhile, a form three student in Kericho County stabbed his female classmate to death on Wednesday morning for allegedly turning him down.
19-year-old Tony Kiptoo stabbed 22-year-old Irene Chelagat on the left side of her chest killing her on the spot.
Kiptoo is said to have carried a kitchen knife from home to school and stabbed Irene on the chest just before the morning lessons began.
“Irate classmates descended on Kiptoo while others screamed attracting the attention of the teacher on duty Kenneth Korir, who was in the staffroom preparing the day’s lessons,” said the DCI.
“He immediately rushed to the classroom and found the suspect being roughed up as other students were trying to assist the victim, who was bleeding profusely,” added the DCI.
Irene was rushed to Sosiot medical centre where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
The two, Irene and Kiptoo, are said to have been in a relationship which had already ended.
“With the pain of rejection too much to bear, Kiptoo who had already wished his estranged girlfriend peace in death by inscribing the initials R.I.P on a photo later discovered in his cubicle, carried his mother’s vegetable knife and left for school,” said the DCI.
His classmates say Kiptoo became furious after discovering that his former lover had found a new catch, who had since bought her a smartphone.
The murder suspect is currently in court as detectives seek custodial orders to allow them prepare a watertight case against him.