Man kills wife, three children

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A man in Nandi county killed his wife and three children before surrendering to the authorities on Wednesday night. Philip Lokuren, 40, wiped out his family after he allegedly found his wife with another man in their matrimonial bed.

He later confessed to the police that he killed his wife Rispa Chelimo, 38, and his children; Ian Kipkosgei, 11, Brenda Cheruto, 9, and Linus Kipkosgei, 7, by strangling them. Lokuren said he went to his house in Kaplemur at night and found a strange man in bed with his wife.

He claimed he confronted the man but he was overpowered. In the process, he claimed the stranger stabbed him on the left side of the stomach. The man then escaped immediately. Lokuren then directed anger towards his wife and three children, whom he strangled.

He also slit the wife’s throat. He attempted to commit suicide but was rescued and rushed to Kapsabet Referral Hospital. “The accused had a deep open wound at the left side of the stomach suspected to be self-inflicted.

Also recovered from the scene is a kitchen knife believed to be the murder weapon,” police said. Piece of cloth Police also recovered a piece of cloth tied on the roof, which is believed Lokuren had intended to use to kill himself.

Area chief Eunice Luley, who was among the first people at the scene, confirmed the incident, saying that police have taken the bodies to Kimbilio Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem. There has been an increase in such cases reported across the country.

Early this week, two men alleged to have killed their spouses in separate incidents were arrested as the country grapples with an increase in intimate partner killings. Police said most of the killings are perpetrated by men who are in family relations.

The first suspect, Harisson Mutisya, had on March 25 hacked his wife Faith Mueni to death in Kalama, Machakos county on suspicion of infidelity before he escaped. Mutisya, 45, killed Mueni, 34, by hacking her into pieces using a machete on suspicion of infidelity.

Second suspect, Sebastian Kamande, poisoned his wife Rahab Gathoni and her friend Abigael Gathoni, before fleeing their Dandora home last Tuesday. Preliminary investigations indicate the couple had marital disagreements and had travelled to the man’s parents in Kakuzi, Murang’a in a bid to salvage their union

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