- Owino had told the police that he left his wife in their sitting room on Thursday night and went to bed, hoping that she would join him shortly.
- The OCS was, however, suspicious of the man’s account, directing a few officers and DCI detectives to accompany him to the scene.
A 27-year-old man in Mumias West, Kakamega County, was on Friday arrested for allegedly killing his wife.
Edwin Okoth Owino had initially walked into Musanda Police Station at around 6:45 am Friday to report the sudden death of his 24-year-old wife.
However, police officers established foul play after visiting the scene. The lifeless body of his wife was found lying in their sitting room.
The man’s account leading to wife’s death
Owino had told the police that he left his wife in their sitting room on Thursday night and went to bed, hoping that she would join him shortly.
Hours later, however, the suspect told police that the wife did not show up at the bedroom.
“…believing she was having a power nap, he went to wake her up. Reportedly, he had found her unresponsive and cold, prompting the early morning report of his wife’s sudden death,” reports the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
A curious, suspicious OCS
The Officer Commanding Station (OCS) was, however, suspicious of the man’s account, directing a few officers and DCI detectives to accompany him to the scene.
Upon reaching the scene, the officers discovered that the body of the woman was thoroughly beaten up, raising suspicions that it was a case of homicide.
The suspect, police say, had carefully stage-managed a suicide, suggesting that she had taken poison.
As police probed further into the suspect’s inconsistencies, a 16-year-old girl who reportedly survived the man’s brutality by a whisker the same Thursday night emerged from the crowd that had since formed up, shedding light on the ordeal.
“Sadly, a text message that popped up from a strange number, which Okoth interpreted to be from a secret lover had cost the dear life of the victim.
“On seeing the message on his wife’s phone at around 10.30pm, Okoth went ahead to call upon the girl (a neighbour) whom he believed was his wife’s best friend, before landing on both ruthlessly with a piece of wood. Whereas the girl managed to escape with injuries and hid in her home, the unlucky wife succumbed to the merciless beating,” adds the DCI.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing.