Victim in murder-suicide tried killing herself before
The 32-year-old woman who killed her three children before taking her life in Gilgil had in the past tried to commit suicide over domestic rows.
The woman identified as Mollen Akinyi had also threatened to kill her boys aged 10, six and one years respectively before she finally fulfilled her plans.
This came as it emerged that the minors were killed through poisoning on Tuesday last week before their decomposing bodies were discovered on Friday evening.
During the incident in Teachers B Estate, the woman left behind a four page-document narrating her troubled marriage before poisoning the minors and later taking her life through the rope.
The three bodies of the minors were found lying on the bed while the body of the mother was hanging in the corridor.
Gilgil MP Martha Wangari who visited the area termed the scene as very disturbing noting that the woman had planned about the murder for some time.
She said the deceased left behind a suicide note in which she blamed the husband for her woes her children.
“It’s painful that the woman had to kill the three children before taking her life due to domestic feuds that could have been solved if she spoke-out,” she said.
Nominated MCA Rose Njoroge said the woman had in the past threatened to take her life and that of the minors due to domestic row.
“This is one of the darkest days for residents of Gilgil as a woman had decided to kill her three children and take her life instead of getting counseling,” she said.
Gilgil OCPD John Ondit confirmed the incident, adding police were called to the scene by neighbours.“It looks like the woman used poison to kill the minors before taking her life using a rope,” said the police boss.
He said her husband was a KDF officer who was serving in Somalia.
“It’s not clear what motivated the woman to do this but we have collected the bodies and taken them to the Gilgil sub-county hospital mortuary,” he said.
A neighbour Stephen Gitau told how they were attracted to the house by a foul smell. He termed the incident as unfortunate noting that the woman had accused the husband of neglect.
Last year, a woman killed her three children in Naivasha in what she claimed to be directives from powerful forces sent by her estranged husband.
Elsewhere, police in Nyahururu are holding eight people in connection with the disappearance of a secondary school teacher who went missing in mid December. Last weekend, police retrieved two decomposing bodies from an unused borehole at Karunga village, on the outskirts of Nyahururu town.
It is suspected one of the bodies is that of the missing teacher Miriam Wanjiru who taught English at Bishop Louis Secondary school of Nyahururu town. Before then, she taught at Ndururumo High school also in the town.
Police were led to the borehole by one of eight suspects. They said among the suspects in custody is the teacher’s husband who is a matatu driver.
Speaking at the weekend after the operation to recover the bodies, Laikipia County Commissioner, Joseph Kanyariri said Wanjiru went missing on December 17 but the matter was reported two days later. Police backed by the County Disaster Response team pumped water out of the borehole to enable a man to be lowered into the 60-metre depth to retrieve the decomposed bodies.