Hunt intensifies for prison officer

June 5, 2009 12:00 am

, KISUMU, Kenya, Jun 5 – A manhunt has been launched for a prison officer who shot and injured three women who had refused to let him into a drinking den in Kisumu.

According to the Nyanza deputy police Chief Larry Kieng, the officer attached to Kibos Prisons was with two other men when he went to look for illicit brew at a drinking den on Mosque road at about 4am on Friday morning.

“He abandoned his duties at the New Nyanza General Hospital where he was guarding a prisoner patient, and went to look for illicit brew. They used an ambulance, and were with the hospital ambulance driver,” said Mr Kieng.

He said that the women were shot on the back, shoulder, chest and head after the officer forced the door open.

“He shot at them before they escaped,” the police chief narrated.

He said that police went the prisons officer’s house and found the gun he had used to shoot at the women under his bed, but there was no sign of the suspect himself.

Mr Kieng said: “The driver of the ambulance and one of his accomplices has been arrested to assist with investigations.”

The ladies, all in their early 20s, were rushed to the hospital where two were treated and discharged while one is still undergoing treatment.

Elsewhere in another bizarre incident, a man who attempted to commit suicide by diving into the Thompson Falls in Nyahururu on Thursday was caught and saved by a tree branch.

Residents and curio shop owners called for lifesavers to rescue the man came to nothing after everyone who assessed the situation feared that they too would not survive a dive into the 80-feet tall fall.

After more than half an hour of dangling, the public managed to persuade the man to climb back up more than 20 metres of rocks and bushes covering the wall of the world famous falls.

In even more drama, the man took off into the Rwathia forest fearing he would be lynched by members of the public for attempting to commit suicide.

Witnesses said the man was at the falls the previous day, apparently surveying his surroundings.

"We thought that he was just a domestic tourist as he had kept vigil near the falls. We were surprised to find him hanging halfway when we arrived at our business premises this morning," said Agnes Wanjira.

However, while confirming the incident, area police Chief Charles Wasike said that officers managed to arrest the man and question him over the matter.

Mr Wasike said the suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are complete and charged with attempting to commit suicide.

Three people have so far dived to death at the falls this year.


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