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Wife douses husband with kerosene, sets him ablaze

A woman in Kirinyaga county on Sunday night splashed kerosene on her sleeping husband and set him ablaze following a a domestic quarrel.

The was sleeping in the family house at Mwombao village when his wife reportedly sprinkled kerosene on him and lit the fire.

Neighbours said the man had arrived home on Sunday night and picked up a quarrel with his wife over unknown reasons. He then went to bed only to be woken up with flames all over his body.

“We heard the couple quarreling, but few hours later the man started screaming for help. When we responded we found him burning. We rescued and rushed him to Embu Level Five hospital,” one of the neighbors said.

The neighbours  said the couple had frequently had quarrels prior to the Sunday night incident.

“They kept on quarreling more often but we never thought such a thing would happen,” another neighbour said.

In the wake of the incident, some neighbours threatened to revenge the act on the woman. They combed through the village in search of the woman but dispersed after failing to trace her.

County deputy police commander Mr Charles Ontita said the woman went missing as soon as she had attacked her husband.

He said the police are looking for the woman, adding that she would be charged with assault if arrested.

“Police are tracking down the woman and she will definitely face the law,” he said.