Frustrated Muranga woman kills husband and self over frequent domestic squabbles

Shock gripped residents of Methi village in Maragua sub county, Murang’a County after a woman burnt her family in a house afterdisagreeing with her husband.

It is said 19 -year-old Dorris Miriam locked her 30-year-old husband Daniel Mwangi, her 3-year-old child and herself in their house before setting it ablaze at 2 am on Sunday morning.

Beth Nyambura, Mwangi’s grandmother said Miriam hid the keys to the house after locking the doors with a pad lock, poured paraffin around the house and on their mattress before lighting it.

Nyambura said shortly afterwards, they heard the screams of her grandchildren and called neighbors who responded immediately.

Nyambura said the neighbors broke down the door and rescued the couple and their child after which they were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital in a serious state.

“We later received reports that the two had passed away shortly after they were admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital,” the grandmother said.

Confirming the incident, Maragua OCPD John Onditi said preliminary investigations have indicated that Mirriam lit the fire in an attempt to kill her family.

Ondito noted that the young couple had been having constant quarrels and that on the material day, they had had a serious disagreement before they retired to bed.

The OCPD expressed concerns over the many murder-suicide cases among married couples and urged residents to put in place better conflict resolution mechanism in their homes to avert such situations.

“It is unfortunate that people can resort to such devastating actions over disagreements in their homes,” Onditi said.

He said the child is still receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital and that he is in a stable state.

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Male victim of domestic abuse speaks out

The male victim of horrendous domestic abuse has come forward to show his scars, telling men: “Being attacked by a woman is nothing to be ashamed of.”

Ken Gregory, 65, suffered first and second degree burns to 14 per cent of his body last March after his now ex-wife Teresa Gilbertson, 60, tipped a kettle of boiling water over the back of his head.

Mr Gregory,  met Gilbertson seven years ago following the death of his first wife of 30 years.

On the anniversary of her death, Mr Gregory intended to visit her grave but he and Gilbertson argued, eventually agreeing to divorce.

It was then that Gilbertson, who is now awaiting sentencing for a conviction of serious bodily harm, went to make a cup of tea but instead returned with a jug of boiling water – which she poured over her husband’s head.

Mr Gregory wants to address the stigma surrounding men who are abused by their wives and partners. He added, “it should be the same message that they put out for women – don’t be frightened, you don’t have to put up with it.”

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The “dress” is used on a domestic violence campaign

Last week a dress was trending worldwide as people couldn’t tell whether it was blue and black or white and gold.

It brought about so much debate that scientists gave in their opinion about it.

Well, for the an South African Salvation Army branch it was more than just a dress as it was used to depict the rising cases of domestic violence against women.

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The advert has the tag line: ‘Why is it so hard to see black and blue?’

Underneath that it says: ‘The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.’

Report domestic violence to avoid murders says OCPD

Ngong OCPD George Seda has urged residents to reports incidents of domestic violence to curb cases of spousal murder.

“My office is open to anyone who may need help in resolving family issues, especially death threats and other forms of domestic violence,” Seda said.

In an interview with KNA at his office on Tuesday, Seda asked the residents to exercise restraint when provoked to avoid irresponsible behaviour.

He was speaking after a man reportedly murdered his wife at Lemalepo village.

Seda said the man was arrested and is being held at Ngong police station.

He said investigations are underway to establish the reasons for the murder.

The body was taken to City Mortuary.