A 23 year-old man committed suicide on Valentine’s Day after his girlfriend finally learned of his secret child from a previous relationship.
Peter Mwilu took his own life on Wednesday morning at Mishomoroni, in Mombasa.
His body was found dangling from the roof of his single-roomed house. He had hanged himself using a mosquito net.
“He had a baby with his former girlfriend but which he kept secret for the last one year after meeting a new girlfriend. He did not want his past relationship to be known,” said Ms Rehema Moris.
His girlfriend, only identified as Mercy, however got wind of the secret child last week.
“After Mercy knew it, Mwilu came to me and said that he wanted to kill himself because he could not bear the stress,” she added.
He made the first attempt on his life last week but was rescued by neighbours.
On Monday this week, Mwilu and Mercy quarreled before seeking help from a local chief who urged them to resolve the matter amicably.
“In the morning (Wednesday) when the girlfriend had left the house, Mwilu opted to take his own life after getting drunk the whole night,” said Ms Moris.
Mombasa police boss Johnston Ipara said investigations had been launched over the incident.
“We are treating the incident as suicide as we continue with our investigations,” said Mr Ipara on phone.
The body has been moved to Coast Provincial General Hospital mortuary.