By Wambui Pauline
A 40 year old man was lynched on Wednesday afternoon for attacking his 26-year-old wife and killing their three-month-old son over a disagreement.
The man had locked himself up with his newly wedded wife and their son in their house at Ngoluni Market in Makueni County, before attacking his family.
Mbooni East OCPD Peter Njeru said the man and his wife had been quarrelling and the man chopped off the woman’s right hand.
“He then transferred his anger to his three-month-old son, whom he cut on the forehead, gorging out an eye, before he set their rented house on fire with the intent to end all their lives,” added Mr Njeru.
Members of the public broke into the house through a window to save the family, but the man confronted them with his machete.
Relentless, they regrouped, chased the man and beat him to death.
The child died while undergoing treatment at Kisau Health Centre.
The woman was rushed to Makueni Level 4 Hospital.
The bodies of the man and his son were taken to Makueni Level 4 Hospital mortuary.
In another almost similar incident, a man who chopped off his estranged lover’s hands and leg using a panga during a domestic quarrel two years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Reuben Kivuva alias Cameroon, 35, attacked Ms Judith Muendi, 28, on December 13, 2015, at their rented house at Emali Township, Makueni County.
Senior Resident Magistrate Gerald Mutiso at a Makindu court on Wednesday, found Kivuva guilty of attempting to kill Ms Muendi.
“I have considered the accused’s mitigation that he is a father of three children, a husband of an epileptic wife and a son of a diabetic mother,” said Mr Mutiso.
“I have also considered the victim’s impact report, which indicates that the victim (complainant) is now totally dependent on her mother to wash her, dress her and cook for her.
“The violence meted out by you, the accused, upon a helpless woman in cold blood is mind-boggling.”