A 23-year-old man from Powerline Estate in Thika East, Kiambu County committed suicide after allegedly murdering his 27-year-old girlfriend following an acrimonious conflict on Saturday, January 27.
Timothy Ndirangu, a married man and father of two, allegedly strangled Grace Wanjiru after three months of a turbulent relationship.
According to Ndirangu’s father, Musyoki Musembi, the couple fought bitterly on Thursday, January 25 after a disagreement ensued between them. The two were separated but reunited two days later, when the fatal incidents occurred.
Musembi said Wanjiru reported Ndiranngu to Ngoliba Police Station, where he (Ndirangu) was ordered to refrain from engaging in physical confrontation with Wanjiru. The couple also resorted to ending their relationship; that was on Thursday, January 25.
Wanjiru, who hailed from Nguku Village in Kandara Constituency, Murang’a County was a teacher at Wapa Primary School, whereas Ndirangu was a welder in Thika.
Wanjiru had only worked for one term at Wapa Primary School after graduating from Mount Kenya University.
The two lived together in a rental house, which was located a few meters from Wanjiru’s workplace.
According to Ndirangu’s sister, Mary, her brother reunited with his wife last Thursday after bringing to an end his relationship with Wanjiru.
Mary alleged that Wanjiru kept calling Ndirangu on phone despite their relationship being non-existent.
Mary further said Ndirangu gave in to Wanjiru’s demands, and returned to her place on Saturday, January 27, when the killings happened.
A caretaker, who was cleaning the houses, which Wanjiru and Ndirangu lived in among other people, discovered the bodies of the two, when a strong stench of decomposing bodies emanated from the pair’s one-roomed house. Wanjiru’s body was lying on the bed, while Ndirangu’s body was dangling on a rope tied to the eaves of the house.
The caretaker screamed, attracting neighbours’ attention to the scene.
According to Wanjiru’s cousin, who is her namesake, the now-deceased’s family had warned her against dating another man’s husband.
Ndirangu was deemed as the best welder in Thika East by his neighbours.
Thika East Assistant County Commissioner Alex Kaburu confirmed the incident, saying authorities separated the two after it became clear that both of them wanted the relationship to end.
“It remains unclear what led to the suspected murder and suicide on Saturday,” said Kaburu.
The bodies of the two were taken to General Kago Mortuary in Thika.