KCSE student survives acid attack by a fellow classmate over a boy

A KCSE candidate at St Patrick’s Obange Secondary School in Nyakach is nursing injuries after she was attacked with acid as she left the examination room.

It is alleged she was romantically involved with one of her classmates, who was also coaching her in mathematics something her mother has strongly refuted.

The said boy is alleged to have been dating one of her classmates who was angered by their relationship.

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Speaking to The Nairobian, the victim’s mother denied the allegations, claiming that her Form Four daughter was not romantically involved with any of her classmates.

The mother said that

“My daughter was a bit weak in mathematics and she approached the boy (a classmate) to help her. It was not about all those stories being peddled.”

The victim, 17, is currently admitted at Nyakach Sub County Hospital in Pap Onditi, with doctors recommending referral for specialised attention due to fears that the chemical used in the attack could have affected her eyes and ears.

According to the victim, she had completed her Thursday paper when, in the company of others, they went for lunch within the school compound.

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The misunderstanding started after lunch, when one of her classmates lured her and locked her in a classroom and hit her before pouring acid on her face, claiming that she was seducing her boyfriend.

“She was prepared to kill me because she first confronted me with a machete, which she had kept in her locker before colleagues rescued me by snatching the weapon from her. She then reached for the acid which was in a bottle.

She emptied it in a mug and splashed it on my face,She claimed I had snatched her boyfriend and that she was no longer receiving any attention from him”.

She was rushed to Pap Onditi Hospital, where she was admitted with about 30 per cent burns on her face and parts of her left side, as the suspect escaped from school.

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Police, however, traced the suspect and arrested her, before releasing her to complete her examinations pending further action.

County Director of Education Sabina Aroni confirmed that both the victim and the suspect were able to continue with their examinations.

“From our end, we want to ensure that both students sit for their examinations because they both registered. As for the criminal aspect of the case, we’ll leave the police to deal with it,” she said.

County police commander Job Boronjo confirmed that the incident had been reported, and that police had offered temporary relief for the suspect to enable her to complete her examinations.

“We have the reports and we did not want to interfere with the candidate as she is sitting for her examinations. Our officers are however keeping a close watch and once she is through with her papers, we shall have her arrested and necessary action taken against her,” said Boronjo.

The mother of the victim wants the attacker surcharged to cover for the girl’s medical bill before she is charged for the offence.

“My daughter escaped death by a whisker. This is an attempted murder. We want action taken,” said the victim’s mother.

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