Man strangles wife, three children to death in Nairobi

Suspect, who is still on the run however, spares a two year-old son he had sired with the woman he killed

Mathew Ndung’u

A sombre mood engulfed Marurui Estate, Roysambu in Nairobi county yesterday after a man reportedly strangled a mother and her three children.

In the early morning incident, the victims:  Ann Gathoni, 35,  and her  children aged 4, 8 and 14 were attacked by the suspect with primordial animal-like instincts to destroy “foreign blood” in its brood.

Mary Wairimu (14) was a pupil at Karem Academy at Marurui, Peris Mumbi (8) schooled at Marurui primary while six-year-old Demitris Kibe attended Apostolic Faith Ministries Academy.

The man, however, spared a two-year-old boy, the only one he had sired with the woman.

Gathoni’s daughter, who had left their home the previous evening to an unknown destination survived the horror attack.

Police suspected the man may not have acted alone, as all the victims had been strangled, which he may not have accomplished alone.

Neighbours said a motorbike dropped off someone outside the house at around 1am.

“They talked for some time and then left. But later in the night, they were strangled,” said a resident. The man, according to locals, only used to visit Gathoni only once in a while. The man’s beastly act was comparable to the deadly jungle behaviour of male lions that kill cubs sired by other males but spare their own.

Eunice Waithera, a colleague with the late Gathoni, told  journalists  that the deceased,  who was living in the rental house inherited from her father, had been a casual worker at an events organising company on Kiambu road.

“It was the little boy who opened the door when neighbours  knocked in the morning and told them his mother and siblings were still asleep,” an emotional Waithera said.

She said the deceased woman had confided in her over the couples frequent quarrels because of her boyfriend’s unfaithfulness.

“The boyfriend frequently quarrelled with her. Gathoni had actually said goodbye to me in case anything happened to her, she feared for her life,” said Waithera.

Pastor John Mburu of Grace Revival Ministries, who  is also a Nyumba Kumi Initiative elder in the area said loud noise was heard by residents at 1am.

“Later we found the three children’s strangled bodies’ lying on one bed. The youngest child was shocked but unhurt. Leon is actually the one who opened the door after we knocked but told us that his mother and other siblings were asleep. We called several neighbours, who informed Kasarani police who came and took the bodies away,” said Pastor Mburu.

Kasarani police boss Robinson Mboloi said although they were yet to arrest the suspect, investigations have commenced.

And in Mowlem area in Dandora, residents woke up to the shock of an incident in which a 46-year-old man had killed his wife Lucy Njeri before he swallowed poison.

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