Man hacks to death his three children, maid in Bomet

A man has killed his three children and a housemaid in a bizarre incident in Silibwet, Bomet County.

The man, whose name has been withheld, killed the four in Kipkebe village in Bomet Central Constituency in an incident that has sent shockwaves in the area.

According to reports, the man turned on his children on Friday night and hacked them with a panga before fleeing.

The suspect is still being sought by police.

The eldest son survived the attack after hiding behind a curtain in the main house and sneaking out as his father searched for him in the bedroom.

After the suspect fled, he raised an alarm to alert neighbours and rushed his wounded younger brother to nearby Chelymo Hospital, where he was referred to Tenwek Hospital for specialised treatment.

The boy, who sustained deep cuts and is a Form Two student at Nyambaria Boys Secondary School in Nyamira County, succumbed to his injuries while being rushed to the hospital.

Bomet Central Sub County Deputy Police Commander Bashir Ali and Sub County Director of Criminal Investigations Geoffrey Omwenga confirmed the incident at a press conference held at Bomet Police Station.

“Police have received crucial information in their pursuit of the suspect who went underground after committing the crime,” Mr Bashit said.

Police named the victims of the attack as Lewis Kipngeno, 14, Lulu Cheruto, 2, Abigael Cherono, 8, and Sharon Chepkoech, a 16-year-old domestic helper.

“They had several deep cuts inflicted with a sharp sword which has not yet been recovered. We are confident of arresting the suspect even though he has gone into hiding,” Mr Bashir said.

The suspect is said to have visited a shop run by his wife, Naomi Chepkoech, at Silibwet Trading Centre shortly before the crime and tried in vain to persuade her to close the shop and go home with him.

“He tried to mislead his wife that he was unwell and needed attention at home, but his wife refused to close the shop as it was an open market day,” Mr Bashir revealed.

The bodies of the victims have been taken to the Longisa County Referral Hospital mortuary for preservation before post-mortem and release to the family for burial.

The suspect attacked the children in the kitchen, which is adjacent to the main house, and hacked them to death as their distress call was muffled by the rain that was pounding the area at the time.

On Saturday, the kitchen floor, firewood, gas cylinder, mattresses, blankets, sheets, shoes and utensils were soaked in blood, with signs of a struggle replicated outside the main house.

Chepkoech, the grieving mother of the children, collapsed in shock when she was brought back to her homestead for the first time since yesterday, after spending the night in a pastor’s house in a nearby village.

She was called home on Friday when the incident occurred to find the lifeless bodies of her children soaked in blood. She was taken to the home of a church elder where she spent the night before being brought home on Saturday morning.

She was unable to speak to neighbours and the media as members of the local community set up tents and held prayers at the homestead, which was initially deserted in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Gilbert Kibet, a relative of the victims, said the suspect had been away from home for three days before committing the crime.

“I only came in the morning to look after the cows that were left alone at the homestead,” said Mr Kibet as he chopped napier grass for the cattle.

He is suspected of using a wire to kill one of the children, severing the head of one of them while the others sustained deep neck and head injuries.

The suspect is said to be a businessman who was involved in the potato trade but kept to himself.

Mr Barno Kimoru, a community leader, said there was no indication that the couple had quarrelled before the attack.

“The family needs all the support they can get from the community and we urge the government to track down and arrest the suspect. It is unfortunate that innocent children have been murdered by their father,” said Mr Kimoru.

Cases of murder involving family members have been on the rise in the region in recent times, with domestic disputes being the main cause.

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