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Man stabs wife to death, goes missing

A man in Nairobi’s Highridge area is on the run after stabbing and killing his pregnant wife in their matrimonial home with a kitchen knife.

On Saturday, police retrieved the body of the woman identified as Saima Kassam, 28, from a flat where the family had been staying for the past two months.

The Asian family professed Islam faith. The woman was a nurse at a local hospital but there has been no word on the husband’s occupation although neighbours believe he is a businessman.

The two with their two children, both aged below five years, lived on a flat in a compound that also hosted other residential houses under construction.

Neighbours said the couple had been secretive and so it was difficult to know whether they had differences that led to the incident.

Police suspect the man murdered his wife, switched off his and her mobile phones before leaving the key with a neighbour who operated a kiosk.

BLOOD-STAINED KNIFE

The neighbour who refused to give her name said key was later picked by the niece who later found the woman’s body on their matrimonial bed in bloodied sheets.

There were fresh wounds on the neck and in the stomach and a blood-stained kitchen knife was found in the sink. A suicide note purportedly written by the missing husband was also found near the body but detectives declined to reveal whether there was an explanation in the note for the killing.

The woman’s body was taken to the mortuary for a postmortem with the funeral expected to be later on Saturday.

When the Nairobi News team arrived at the scene, detectives were collecting samples that could help them unravel the mysterious death.

They ordered construction workers out of the compound and cordoned off the apartment.

Later in the evening, a man was found burnt inside his car in Athi River. Police could not immediately link the two incidents but suspected it was the same man who had run away to commit suicide. They said tests will be conducted to determine the man’s identity.