Fight over pencil ends tragically at school

March 4, 2011 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Mar 4 – A fight between two students from Ndurumo Day Secondary school in Laikipia West ended tragically on Thursday afternoon, when one of them was stabbed to death.

According to the area deputy police chief Patrick Makhokha, the form three classmates were fighting over a pencil when the argument degenerated into a fight during the 3:30pm incident.

He said Sammy Muriithi Wanjohi was stabbed several times on his left ribs by his assailant.

"The two boys come from the same village – Sopili and it was unfortunate that their argument could result into such a serious matter," he said.

He said the assailant drew a knife from his pocket and stabbed the deceased in an attempt to weaken his opponent.

He said the deceased aged 17 years was rushed to the nearby dispensary for first aid but was later transferred to the Nyahururu District hospital where he succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.

An eyewitness Evans Kipengo who spoke to Capital News at the scene said the two had been good friends for a long time since they come from the same village but could not understand why they had to fight over a pencil.

"They have been friends for a long time and at times they come to school together so we are yet to understand why they fought to such lengths," he said.

He said it was a normal day like any other and nobody anticipated that it could have ended tragically.

The school\\\’s principal Paul Macharia said it was reported to his office that the students were fighting and when he rushed to the scene, he found one of them writhing in pain on the ground with blood oozing from his chest.

The deceased body is now at the Nyahururu Hospital Mortuary while the suspect has being locked up at the Rumuruti police station for further questioning.

He will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed.

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