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Suicidal AP sets herself and two children ablaze

A woman Administration Police officer on Saturday night set herself and her two children ablaze inside her house in Homa Bay Town Sub County.

The female AP constable identified as Judith Gallant doused herself and her two children aged 4 and 6 years in paraffin before striking the matchstick.

Homa Bay County AP Commander Michael Mutonyi confirmed the incident and said police are yet to establish what prompted the officer to commit the act.

Mr Mutonyi said the officer and two children died from the fire at around 8 pm.

“I was informed by a junior officer that one of them had committed suicide. When I reached the place I found it was Judith and her two children,” Mr Mutonyi said.

Speaking to KNA in Homa Bay town today, Mr Mutonyi said the deceased officer was still new in Homa Bay station having recently been transferred from Kisumu.

Mr Mutonyi said the officer had been on leave and was to resume duty this week.

“I don’t know Judith very well because her leave came very closely after her transfer. What I know is that she was to report on duty tomorrow (Sunday),” he said.

The police boss said they have launched investigations in to the incident adding that they will interrogate Judith’s husband who works with Homa Bay County government

He urged fellow officers not to take their own lives but instead seek counseling sessions.

“We have begun an inquiry to establish what could have prompted the officer to kill herself,” he added.

“Our preliminary investigations reveal she wrote a message to a family member that she would take her own life if things are not settled amicably,” he said.

The three bodies were moved to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem.