A man who was arrested for stabbing his step-son to death during a domestic confrontation took his life on Tuesday in a police cell.
Euticus Githinji stabbed Dennis Mwema, 18, twice on the chest leading to the teenager’s death in their house in Huruma estate, Nairobi on May 8.
During the violent confrontation, the deceased wife, Eunice Wanza, also sustained minor injuries.
Police on Tuesday said they were informed by the other inmates that Githnji had taken too long inside the toilet and he was not responding to calls while also denying them access to the facility.
“An officer quickly accessed the locked door and found him hanging from the toilet roof with a jacket lace tied around his neck,” said a police officer who was on duty.
Police officers, with assistance of inmates, attempted to administer first aid by cutting the lace and loosening him up by removing his clothes.
He was however pronounced dead by doctors who had been called to attend to him.
The incident that led to fatal stabbing of the deceased’s step-son happened when he (the deceased) reportedly returned home drunk and picked a quarrel with his wife.
It is when the verbal exchange turned physical that the teenager, who was asleep in his bedroom, woke up and attempted to intervene.
According to the mother, the man turned on his step-son with kicks and blows while dragging him into the kitchen where he stabbed him with a kitchen knife.
The mother tried in vain to get help but neighbours who responded to her distress call found the door locked from inside.
Mr Githinji later disappeared after realising that he had killed his step-son but was arrested a week later.