, NYANDARUA, Kenya, Dec 22 – A butcher in Nyandarua North cut open his wife and chopped her up on the same surface he would use to prepare meat for customers, after a brief argument in his Wa Githinji Butchery.
The man allegedly stabbed his estranged wife severally in the stomach after a heated argument in his shop on Monday, as shocked residents looked on.
Nyandarua Deputy Police boss Robinson Wambua Mboloi said the woman had paid James Kamau Githinji, 37, a visit at his butchery when the incident occurred.
“They began to quarrel; the man picked a butcher’s knife and stabbed his wife in the stomach who fell on the chopping board as her stomach spilled out. He then picked a heavy machete used for breaking bones and hacked the wife severally the head,” Mr Mboloi narrated.
The wife, 35, whose name could not be released by police since her next of kin had not been notified screamed once loudly, but when traders ran to her rescue they were threatened by the machete-wielding assailant and hence kept off.
Mr Githinji then allegedly removed his dust coat and marched himself to Karai Police Station about 100 metres away. Mr Mboloi said the suspect would be arraigned in court once investigations were complete.
Residents of Gwa-Kung’u trading centre were grief stricken by the horrific act at the popular meat point, their appetites probably ruined even as Christmas festivities begin.
A source close to the family said that the young couple argued constantly over claims of infidelity.
The source said that the wife had run away with their baby boy, leaving the man to take care of another older daughter.
Residents who knew Mr Githinji described him as ‘a cool and hard working man.’
The body of the deceased was taken to Nyahururu District Hospital Mortuary.