Gilgil man kills wife over ‘bob cut’ hairstyle


Residents of Gilgil town woke up to a rude shock after a man killed his wife as his children watched in horror, following a domestic quarrel.

The man is said to have stabbed the wife on the neck and stomach using a kitchen knife following a row over her hairstyle which he didn’t like.

The suspect later turned the knife on himself during the bizarre incident in Site estate, but he was rescued by police and rushed to hospital.

Emotions ran high as police moved in to collect the body of Esther Wambui before rescuing one of the couples children who was covered in blood.

Trouble started after the man questioned the decision by the wife to wear the new hairstyle referred to as ‘Bob-cut’ which he didn’t like.

According to a neighbor Sakina Mohammed, a heated argument ensued between the couple with the man saying that a married woman should not have such a hairstyle.

Sakina, who also doubles as a child activist, said that the man ordered the wife to go back to the salon, a move the deceased refused.

“What followed was a fight as the man attacked the woman trying to shave her but this was met with resistance as neighbors tried to break the door,” she said.

She added that the man went for a kitchen knife and stabbed the wife on the neck and stomach as she pleaded for mercy.

“The woman died holding her one year old daughter who we later rescued covered in blood and we have taken her to a childrens home,” she added.

She noted that after realizing his mistake the suspect used the same knife to stab himself on the lower stomach as members of the public watched in horror.

Gilgil OCPD Emmanuel Opuru confirmed the incident adding that the suspect had been treated and was being held at the police station.

He said that the suspect had a wound on his stomach but doctors had attended to it and he was in stable condition waiting to be charged in court.

“There was an incident on Monday evening where a disagreement between a man and the wife ended tragically and we have opened an inquiry file over the same,” he said.

Opuru said that the body of the woman had been taken to Gilgil sub-county hospital mortuary adding that the suspect would be charged in court with murder.

courtesy Anthony Gitonga

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