Police arrest man suspected to have set his mother ablaze

Police crime scene band./COURTESY

Police in Kisumu have arrested a man suspected to have killed his mother before setting her body ablaze.

27-year-old Jeff Onyango Nyawada is said to have killed his mother, a Deputy Principal at Migingo Girls High School.

The suspect allegedly murdered his mother and then burnt her body at the school’s staff headquarters where they resided.

Onyango is said to have killed his mother and then doused her body with paraffin before setting it ablaze in the bathroom.

The body was discovered on Sunday night at around 8 pm by the suspect’s brother Stephen Allan Nyawada who had gone to visit their mother after failed attempts to get in touch with her throughout the day.

“Upon arriving at his mother’s doorstep, Stephen the suspect’s brother made several frantic attempts to have the door opened, but his knocks went unanswered since it had been locked from inside. A few minutes later, he heard some movements from inside the house and after a while, Onyango opened the door. With apprehension exhibited all over his brother’s face, Stephen’s intuition told him that something was amiss,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

According to the DCI Stephen immediately stepped inside the house looking for his mother in the living room and bedroom to no avail. But on approaching the bathroom, he stumbled on her charred remains.

“Officers from Rabuor Police Station were informed of the incident and they responded immediately,” said DCI.

They recovered paraffin in a mug and noted that the bathroom’s walls had been blackened with smudge soot

“Also recovered from the scene was a kitchen knife beside the woman’s body and a lantern lamp with an open knob. All the recovered items have been kept as an exhibit,” said the DCI.

The body of the deceased has since been moved to a morgue within the county pending autopsy.

“Meanwhile, the suspect is cooling his heels at a police facility as detectives work on legal procedures before his presentation in court,” said the DCI.