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Machakos man due for murder charge kills self in police cells

Mr Nzioka, who was to appear before court yesterday, used a bed sheet to end his life barely hours before his presentation in court. His body was discovered by police officers who were taking the early morning rollcall.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comThursday, 17 Nov 2016 15:18 EAT

A middle aged man committed suicide inside a police cell on the day he was to take a plea only eight days after murdering his wife at a court in Kangundo, Machakos County. The father of five had been in police custody for seven days as the police were conducting investigations into the circumstances surrounding the murder of his wife, whom he is believed to have stabbed severally using a kitchen knife at Isinga village commonly known as "Kwa Akamba " in Kangundo Town. The incident happened on November 8.

It is believed that Mr Thomas Nzioka, who had earlier separated with his wife, started a scuffle about food after paying her an impromptu visit at her Kangundo home where she lived with the children. The body of the wife, Annastacia Mueni, was scheduled for a postmortem on Wednesday at Kangundo hospital in preparation for the burial today Thursday, November 17.

Mr Nzioka, who was to appear before court yesterday, used a bed sheet to end his life barely hours before his presentation in court. His body was discovered by police officers who were taking the early morning rollcall.

Confirming the incident,,Kangundo DCIO  Wycliffe Sifuna told journalists that the body of the man had already been moved to Kangundo Level 5 Hospital Mortuary. "This man was facing murder charges but he was found dead in the morning before he was presented in court," the officer said.

This incident happened barely a day after two night guards were found murdered in Kariobangi estate in Machakos Town on Monday night. Their bodies were found on Tuesday morning and the residents were deeply concerned since it was only months ago when five guards were brutally attacked and murdered at the adjacent Mitaboni Market.

“We are worried about our security since these kinds of killings have been on the rise and we ask the police to conduct investigations and bring the culprits to book,” a concerned resident said.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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