A 25-year old man from Chamarel village in Timboroa, Uasin Gishu county committed suicide by jumping into a 60-feet well after attacking his wife.
The deceased assumed that he had murdered his wife and decided to take his own life as well.
Joseph Kariuki attacked his 20-year old wife Mercy Njeri with a machete when she had gone to pick her belongings from their home.
The couple had separated after a fight with Njeri leaving for her parents home. Her father Stanley Kairu pleaded with her not to return to her husband’s house for the belongings but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
Kairu was later informed that his daughter, a mother of one, had been attacked by her husband and was bleeding to death.
“Three young men rushed to where I was working and informed me that my daughter had been attacked by her husband using a machete and that she was bleeding to death,” Kairu narrated.
Njeri, who was left with three deep cuts in her head and one on the left hand, is currently nursing injuries at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
A section of locals claim that Kariuki had hinted about the plan to kill his wife and also end his life.
“Before the incident, Kariuki was narrating to his colleagues how he was frustrated in life and that his marriage was no longer working. He made intentions to kill his wife before taking his life as well,” one of the witnesses said.
Police retrieved the deceased’s body from the well and transferred it to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital awaiting post-mortem.