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Tragedy as girl, 13, commits suicide to avoid mum’s punishment

Police in Nakuru County are investigating an incident in which a 13-year-old pupil committed suicide at Kiambogo area on Tuesday evening after she had differences with her mother.

The girl is said to have argued with her mother before she killed herself, a source told the Nairobi News.

The body of the girl, a standard three pupil at Kanorero Primary School in Elementaita, was discovered hanging from a tree at the center of a maize plantation in Munyaka village on the outskirts of Gilgil town.

Villagers who discovered the body said it was dangling from the tree and that there was no sign of struggle at the scene.

“She may have used a headscarf to commit suicide,” said John Kariuki, a villager, adding that there were no signs of any scuffle at the scene.

The villagers then informed local chief Charles Koiba who in turn called the police to the scene.

REFUSED TO GO HOME

Gilgil Officer Commanding Police Division Ms Serah Koki, who confirmed the incident said, they had launched investigations into the incident with a view to establish circumstances surrounding the death.

“We are currently interrogating her parents to establish if indeed they had differences prior to her death as neighbors disclosed,” told Nairobi News.

According to the police, the minor had been accompanied by her younger sister, aged 12, and a neighbor’s girl, also 12, to fetch firewood at Sururu forest a day before she was found dead.

The two other girls after the mission returned home, but the deceased refused to go home saying she was fearing being punished by her mother with whom she had wronged the previous day.

One of the girls told the Nairobi News that attempts to convince her to return home bore no fruit as she bid them bye.

“We urged her to accompany us back home but she refused,”said one of the girls.

The girl’s mother was too distraught to be interviewed. The body was taken to the Nakuru county mortuary awaiting postmortem.