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Murder suspect who slit wife’s throat before burning her arrested in Njoro

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  • Mr. Mwangi used a sword to slit her victim’s throat before burning her head, hands, and legs to the knee area.
  • There is an increase in domestic violence in Kenya and the World, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Measures by Gov’t to curb the spread of COVID-19 have caused women and girls to spend more time with their potential or known abusers.

DCI detectives based in Njoro Sub-County on Saturday, October 17 arrested a murder suspect who has been on the run.

34-year-old John Mwangi Githaiga was nabbed by the sleuths from his hideout in Mathangatua area.

Mr. Mwangi is suspected of killing his 23-year-old wife, Mercy Njeri Mbatia, on the 13th of October 2020.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Mr. Mwangi used a sword to slit her victim’s throat before burning her head, hands, and legs to the knee area.

“Mwangi who slit his victim’s throat with a sharp object and later burnt her head, hands, and legs to the knee area has been on the run and will be charged accordingly,”

The detectives also recovered the sword that is believed to have been used in the murder, and have kept it as an exhibit.

Surge in domestic violence

Just on Monday, October 13, DCI detectives also arrested a man who is suspected to have set ablaze his 34-year-old wife in Kericho.

50-year-old Robert Kipkorir Tanui is suspected to have killed his wife, Emmy Chepkoech Mitei, following a domestic confrontation in Seanin village in Konoin, Bomet County.

According to the DCI, Tanui and the deceased had separated for some time, a situation that prompted Mitei to move back to her father’s house. But on the 4th of October Mr. Tanui, who was armed with a container of petrol and a matchbox, attacked the victim’s house, showered petrol on her before setting her ablaze.

There has been an increase in domestic violence in Kenya and the World, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Amnesty International, domestic violence increases whenever families spend time together- even on happy occasions.

Governments across the world initiated measures like lockdowns, isolations, quarantine, restricted movement, and social distancing to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

These measures, GBV researchers say, have caused women and girls to spend more time with potential or known abusers.

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