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Man locks his wife, children in house and burns them to death – PHOTOS

A man from Mulimakiu village in Meru County committed suicide after torching down a house where he had locked his wife and three children on Friday night.

The wife and two children, a boy and a girl, were burnt  to ashes and the third one, his niece, sustained serious injuries.

She is recuperating at Maua Methodist hospital.

It was not clear what made Mr Gordon Kimathi Mugambi decide to do the heinous action, but some neighbours told the Nation the couple had been having wrangles. They had been married for 15 years.

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On Friday, the two had quarreled and this made his wife to go to her parents’ home. But Mr Mugambi went for her with the help of an elder from the area.

“I have known Mugambi for some time and I never imagined he could take such an action. Something is wrong somewhere and the family should seek elders’ intervention,” said Mr Jakubu Mbiti, a neighbour.

He revealed that Mr Mugambi had tried to take his life last month by swallowing herbicide but his wife rushed him to hospital where he was treated.