Police hunt for boy, 17, in killing case
Police are looking for a 17-year-old boy who killed his father on Monday night following a family row.
The Form Three student at Galaxy Secondary School in Nairobi’s Mukuru kwa Njenga slum (name withheld for legal reasons) is said to have stabbed his father when he tried to intervene in a brawl between him and his 11-year-old brother.
When the NairobiNews team visited the family in Riara Village in the slum, relatives and neighbours were yet to come to terms with the horrific attack.
According to the mother, her two sons were fighting over a bottle of perfume, which the assailant thought his brother had stolen from him.
“The two boys started fighting and my husband went to intervene. I begged him to stop fighting his father but he did not hear me. He threw me against the table and I landed on my back. The last words I heard from my husband was him telling our son, ‘You have lifted a knife on me!’” the mother recounted.
The assailant’s brother, a Standard Six pupil at Ruben Primary School, said his older brother hit him hard in the stomach before their father came to his rescue.
“When they started fighting, I stepped aside. Although it was a little dark, I saw him stab our father and strangle him. He then threw our father against the door. When neighbours came, he jumped over his body and fled,” said the 11-year-old.
According to family members and neighbours, the assailant was generally a calm boy who took his studies seriously until he joined secondary school when he changed in Form One third term.
“He got into bad company and started smoking bhang. He was a rude and rebellious boy,” says the mother.
Until this year, he was a student at Kimunyu High School in Gatundu, but did not return this year due to lack of school fees.
As a result, he enrolled at a day school — Galaxy Secondary School — where he attended for only four days this year.
“I don’t know much about the boy although I once saw him smoking bhang behind their house. I warned him and even talked to the parents about it,” said Joseph Mwenja, a village elder.
Julius Ndungu, the family’s next-door neighbour said he would, on many occasions, hear scuffles between the boy’s parents but never between the assailant and his father.
“Last night I was home early and I chatted the deceased for a while before dark. At around 7pm, I heard some noise. I heard him saying ‘You will not beat me up’. When the scuffle got too serious, I went to open the door and he jumped out immediately and I found the deceased lying on the floor by the door,” said Ndung’u.
Ndung’u and the sons of the deceased rushed him to a nearby chemist to seek medical help, but he was pronounced dead there. His body was taken to City Mortuary.
“I also live next door and yesterday night I heard a woman scream “this child has killed the father”.
“Almost immediately, I saw people carrying a bleeding man. I followed them to a local chemist known as King’oris and I found the man lying there, dead,” said Mwenja.
The mother said her son must pay for his crime.
“I want him arrested. If you find him, kill him. Even if he is arrested and imprisoned, I will never visit him in prison. He is a cursed child. If he is reading this, I want him to know that he did wrong and justice must take its course. I am sick and you know I cannot take care of your four siblings. You did not only kill our father, you destroyed the entire family,” she said.