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10 year-old girl kills self after being left behind for Nairobi trip

Police in Mombasa are investigating the circumstance in which a 10 year-old girl committed suicide in Mrima, Likoni on Sunday.

The minor is said to have strangled herself with a leso after her mother left her behind for a trip to Nairobi. She wanted to spend the holidays in the capital city.

According to Likoni deputy OCPD Anthony Shimoli, the girl is said to have been sad the whole of Sunday before eventually killing herself in the evening.

“The minor took a leso which belongs to her mother and put a stool near the door where she tied the leso and hanged herself,” Mr Shimoli said.

He said the Standard Four pupil killed herself a few minutes after her father left her in their house watching television.

According to a relative who asked not to be named, the father left the house to go buy something at a nearby shop.


“In less than five minutes the father was called by neigbhours and told that his daughter has committed suicide. Everyone is still shocked here,” said the relative.

He said the father had promised to travel with the girl to Nairobi at a later date and had requested her to let her mother to travel alone. Though the girl initially agreed to  the request, she later became moody and sad the whole day.

“We are terrified by the incident. In fact the mother is even planning to come back to Mombasa after she heard of the shocking incident as the family tries to come to terms with the death of the kid,” he added.

Mr Shimoli said police are yet to get any leads on the incident as the girl lives with the father and the mother.

“It is the father who alerted the police over the same and we are not holding any suspect as per now but we our investigations are on. We want to get the finer details of the whole thing,” said Mr Shimoli.