An eye for an eye is a crime, but did they care! A 28-year-old man was on Saturday, June 5 morning brutally murdered after being suspected of killing his mother and trying to end the life of his own brother.
The man is accused that on Thursday, June 3, he killed his mother in Ndia, Kirinyaga County, before fleeing.
Relatives, led by the woman’s sister Lucy Wanja, said that since Gitau fled on Thursday, they had been living in fear as they did not know his next move.
But on Saturday at 6 am, the man returned home and attacked his brother. By the time residents heard the distress call from Wanja, the suspect was already strangling the brother.
“We were awoken by screams and we rushed here. We found Gitau, who recently killed his mother and fled, locked up in the house, holding his brother as he tried to strangle him,” one of the neighbours narrated.
Within minutes, word had spread all over the area and a crowd of people had camped outside his house, baying for his blood. “We could see him peeping through the window while holding his brother,” a neighbour revealed.
Now with the numbers, the locals managed to pull down the door and caught him before he could murder his brother.
The locals could not hide their anger towards the deceased, attesting that he had physically assaulted his mother a couple of times before, and not without threatening to kill her.
“The man had a rocky relationship with his mother. There was a time he threatened to kill her. In another instance, he slapped his mother and left four of her teeth down. He had been beating up his mother until when he finally killed her one day,” another local revealed.
On the fateful Thursday evening when his mother met her death, one local said that Gitau returned home on Wednesday evening carrying red ribbons, commonly used in funerals.
“She had just returned from Kibingoti. She urged her son to open the door. When he did he hit her with a stick before hacking her to death,” the local narrated.
The irate locals beat him up, before lighting up a fire where they burnt him and immediately buried his body.
Kirinyaga West Sub-County Police Commander Martha Ng’etich confirmed that police officers exhumed the body and took it away. “There was a lot of resistance from members of public, ” she added.
A silver lining in the matter, however, the family said that they would now bury the woman in peace. “We are now at peace. We can meet without any fear while preparing to bury our mother,” Wanja said.