A man stabbed his wife to death on Wednesday in Kiganjo estate, Thika after a quarrel.
George Njenga, 35, killed Joyce Wangari,32, by stabbing her 18 times.
According to reports, it was not the first time George attempted to kill her. Last month he waylaid her on her way from the shop and tried to stab her with a knife.
“He was arrested and released just a week ago after his wife withdrew the charges,” a neighbour, Veronica Njeri said.
After the heinous act, George tried to kill himself with the same knife and is admitted at the Thika level five hospital.
A nurse at the hospital said that he sustained severe injuries in his lower abdominal area and his intestines had been damaged.
The woman had just come from taking lunch to their three-year-old girl who is in kindergarten when they picked a quarrel.
Efforts by neighbours to save the woman were futile as Njenga locked the door from the inside.
“We pleaded with him to open the door and solve the matter amicably but he declined. His wife was screaming that he was slaughtering her,” Njeri said as quoted by The Star.
According to witnesses who broke down the door, they found Wangari’s lifeless body lying in a pool of blood while Njenga was holding the blood-stained kitchen knife.
The residents said George was a quiet man who always stayed indoors.
“We are shocked because we know he is always quiet, chewing miraa, we never thought he was capable of committing such a heinous and heartless act,” Martin Kinyua said.
Their daughter is in the custody of her aunt.
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