, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 13 – A judicial officer based at the Kerugoya Law Courts was killed with his wife and two children, during an attack at their home on Thursday night.
Police identified the four as Zedrick Kinyua aged 33, his wife Jane 32 and their two children Griffin and Handy Kinyua aged 6 and 10 years respectively—whose bodies were discovered in their house in Miringa’iri estate in the town.
Kinyua was an employee of judiciary and was stationed at Kerugoya’s High Court registry department while his wife was a businesswoman at the town, according to police.
Kirinyaga police Commander Christine Mutua said “the incident occurred, when armed thugs raided the family’s home, where they shot and hacked them to death.”
She told journalists that they are investigating if the killings occurred as a result of an ordinary robbery “because some household items were stolen during the incident.”
Speaking to press, the police chief explained that the assailants carted away house hold goods among them electronic goods worth thousands of shillings.
“We have not ascertained the motive of this attack, but an investigation is underway,” she said.
She said police were investigating how the assailants gained access to the house because there were no signs of broken doors or windows.
Police have appealed to members of the public to volunteer information that can help the track down the attackers.
Area County Assembly member George Kagoli condemned the heinous act and urged the police to speed up their investigations.
The brutal attack on the judicial officer follows the killing of another officer two years ago under similar circumstances.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, who insists crime levels in the country are not at worrying levels, has vowed to restore security, particularly during the festive season.