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70-year old man commits suicide over chicken

A septuagenarian took his life by taking poison after his wife accidentally broke his cockerel’s leg.

Njeru Kaunjugi committed suicide at Gacereni village in Tharaka Nithi County on Tuesday night, leaving residents in shock.

Kaunjugi, 70, was perturbed after his wife broke the bird’s leg. He had threatened to kill her or take his own life; he chose the latter.

Kamwathu sub-location assistant chief John Muthengi told Nairobi News on phone that the wife fled to the nearby Gacereni market after sensing danger but on coming back at around 9pm she met with his sons rushing the father to hospital in critical condition.

FIRST AID

“His sons had tried to give him soil as first aid for poison while on the way to hospital but he didn’t survive,” he said.

Police from Gatunga Station moved the body to Meru General Hospital mortuary pending postmortem.

Tharaka-Nithi County police boss Johnston Ipara told the Nairobi News that investigations were ongoing.

He asked families to solve their differences through dialogue instead of resorting to suicide.

“There are better ways to solve problems in the family like involving the village elders or the church leaders but not committing suicide,” Said Mr Ipara.