A 25-year-old man from Tayari in Molo town, Nakuru County on Monday night fatally stabbed his girlfriend, 25, before hanging himself.
The man, a boda boda operator in Molo identified as Daniel Mwangi alias Dan, had first attempted to stab himself, before ingesting pesticide. Both suicide attempts failed.
Mwangi, thereafter, resorted to ending his life using a rope tied to the rafter.
Mwangi’s girlfriend, identified by her moniker, Cinta Nyambs, was found lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds in the chest, neck and stomach.
Residents said Cinta and Dan had engaged in a heated argument Monday night before Cinta’s screams were heard emanating from Dan’s rental house.
According to Dan’s neighbour, Andrew Marwa, he heard Cinta’s screams at 7pm Monday, but could not gain access into Dan’s house since the house’s main door was made of steel, making it difficult to break the door open.
“At first, I thought the woman was screaming due to a robbery attack, only to be informed that Dan had killed his girlfriend before taking his life,” said Marwa.
One of the residents, who broke into Dan’s house after several attempts, said the two lovebirds were already dead by the time he got access into the house.
“The house was a mess; several broken clay cups were spread in the room; a strong smell of the pesticide had filled the air,” said Dan’s neighbour, Silas Awiti.
Cinta’s body was found with four stab wounds in the chest, neck and stomach.
A suicide note left behind by Dan implied that Cinta was having a love affair with another man, which sparked the fatal jealousy.
“I love her so much she cannot date another man while I’m still alive. It is so stupid of me to do this (commit murder, suicide), but why should I live?” read the note in part.
Paul Itume, a village elder in Molo, said had the neighbours responded to Cinta’s screams in good time, her life would have been saved.
Itume expressed concern over the frequent cases of partners committing murder or suicide in Molo town, urging lovers to solve their differences amicably without resorting to violence.
Confirming the incident, Molo Deputy County Commissioner David Wanyonyi said the loss of lives of Cinta and Dan was as a result of love gone sour.
Cinta, who got engaged to Dan in October, 2016, had graduated from Bondo Teachers’ Training College with a certificate in primary education.
Bodies of the two lovers were moved to Molo Sub-County Hospital mortuary.
In the past, a woman in Molo town was burnt to death in her house when her husband suspected she had conceived another man’s baby.
Not long before that, a lady was killed and her body thrown in a trench because of a suspected love triangle.