A 25-year-old murder suspect has confessed to police that he was pushed to kill his step-son because of differences with his wife.
Paul Njoroge, from Murang’a County, said he was angry because the mother of the boy wanted the name of the child’s biological father to appear in his birth certificate.
The disagreement led to a bitter quarrel which saw his wife flee with her child to her mother’s place.
But on Monday, a raging Njoroge went to the in-laws home where he attacked the minor with a machete as he slept.
“When the aunt saw the man wielding a machete, she ran to neighbours calling for help,” a police officer privy to the incident said.
The step-father from hell reportedly slashed his innocent child and left him bleeding profusely.
“The suspect was determined to kill the child because when the aunt ran away, he forced himself into the house and slashed the deceased severally leaving him for the dead and without touching a cousin of the deceased whom they were sleeping with,” Murang’a County Police Commander Josphat Kinyua said.
When the aunt returned with neighbours, they found the boy with deep cuts and his attacker nowhere to be seen.
Njoroge was arrested on Thursday at a hideout. He asked for forgiveness saying he regrets his action.
“I was very depressed and furious but I was very remorseful after committing the act,” he told the police.