Kirinyaga man surrenders to police after killing father who was denied food

A 35-year-old man from Kagumo Kirinyaga County has been taken into police custody after he reportedly killed his father with a hammer.

According to reports, the man left his house on Monday, May 20, and headed toward his parents who did not go far away. When he arrived, the suspect ordered food.

However, his father denied the request, which in retrospect angered the son, who ran home and arrived with a hammer.

He ambushed him and attacked his father with the tool, beating him to death and leaving him in a pool of his own blood.

A police officer at Kagumo Police Station in Kirinyaga County in May 2020.


Kirinyaga County Government

After the incident, the son went to the Kagumo police station, where he surrendered to officers. He is being held at the local police station before being arraigned at the Kangema court.

The deceased’s father was taken to the local morgue to await an autopsy and for preservation before burial.

As the suspect stands trial for the murder, residents were left in shock and wondering why the son ended his father’s life in such a gruesome way.

Furthermore, a section of Kenyans condemned the incident, adding that the son took drastic measures over a plate of food. They also expressed solidarity with the widow who has experienced two traumatic situations.

If the court finds the suspect guilty, he will be given strict penalties, including life imprisonment, as set out in the Penal Code.

According to the Penal Code, whoever kills due to provocation is not guilty of murder but of involuntary manslaughter. Provocation in the act is classified as insults or illegal acts.

“When a person who unlawfully kills another under circumstances which, but for the provisions of this article, would constitute murder, commits the act causing death in the heat of passion caused by sudden provocation as defined below, and before there is time for his death passion to cool, he is guilty only of homicide,” reads part of the code.

Notably, this is not the first gruesome murder involving a child and his parents to be reported. In March, a Meru County man killed his father and his stepmother and then surrendered to police.

A police van takes away the body of the teacher who was found hanging in a kiosk in Kisii on April 7


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