A man who is suspected of setting ablaze his 34-year-old wife in Kericho was on Monday, October 12 evening arrested by DCI detectives.
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 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.
“Neighbours who rushed in response to her screams managed to put out the fire which had extended to the rest of the house, rushing her to hospital with severe burns which she succumbed to on 7th October 2020,” tweeted the DCI.
DCI adds: “Acting on intelligence, Kericho detectives who were trailing the suspect after establishing he had a hideout within the county, netted him at Kericho-Kisumu road while boarding a matatu to an unknown destination.”
Mitei, who was the deputy headteacher of Cheptalal Primary School, succumbed to severe burns had incurred a few days after she was set ablaze.
Tenwek Hospital reports indicate that Mitei sustained 97% on her body.