In a rather bizarre incident, a 28-year-old man from Kibingoti village in Ndia, Kirinyaga County, tied red ribbons around their compound, two hours before brutally killing his mother.
Family members say that Gitau displayed the red ribbons at various points around their compound, before fatally stabbing his mother Tabitha Muringo, 58, using a kitchen knife.
After committing the felony, Gitau reportedly flee to safety to avoid the wrath of angry mob that was baying for his blood… an eye for an eye they say.
“Gitau hang red funeral ribbons from the main gate to the cattle shed. He was preparing to kill my daughter,” said Esther Muthoni, Gitau’s grandmother.
A troubled relationship
But prior to the killing, there were some red flags indicating that something bad was going to happen if the issue is not resolved.
According to Muthoni, amid sobs, Gitau had previously beaten up his mother, to an extent of losing a tooth, little did they knew he will eventually kill her.
“We have been wondering why he decided to display the red funeral ribbons before killing his mother. Is it normal?” Kibingoti Nyumba Kumi chairman John Mwangi wondered.
Karma caught up with him?
On Saturday, June 5 morning, Gitau sneaked back home with the intention to kill his second brother too.
But this time round, his siblings raised an alarm, attracting a mammoth crowd of residents who had responded to the distress call.
To their shock, Gitau was already strangling his deaf brother by the time they arrived at the compound. He was cornered and beaten mercilessly before he was burnt to death.
By the time police arrived at the scene, the angry mob had already buried Gitau’s corpse. They were forced to exhume the 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.