, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – A father accused of killing his five children in Korogocho slum last month has committed suicide at the Muthaiga police station cells.
The body of the man identified by police as Boniface Ouma Auka was found in the cells on Monday morning.
The man hung himself using a piece of clothing, area divisional police Chief Samuel Anampiu told Capital FM News.
“His body was discovered this morning in the police cells. He committed suicide in the toilet within the custody facility. He used a scarf that he was covering himself with to kill himself,” he said.
Auka had been sharing the cell with a mentally-ill inmate.
The two were the only inmates in the cell when the incident occurred.
“He took breakfast alright at about 6am in the morning. He was found having committed suicide at around 7.30am. They were two people in the cell and the other inmate is mentally ill,” he revealed.
Auka appeared in court late last month but did not plead to murder charges because he did not have a lawyer.
He was due in court on Tuesday, January 8, to plead to the charges.
The suspect was arrested two days after bodies of his five children were discovered in their house at Korogocho. The children were aged between two and 10.
According to police, one of the children had stab wounds while the rest are believed to have been poisoned.
Their mother surfaced a day after the killings and denied any role, saying she had fled their house after a quarrel with the children’s father.