RISING CASES OF MURDER IN AREA

Two children killed in Gilgil hospital quarters

Grandma found them dead after eating an orange

In Summary

• Family accusing neighbour who had a disagreement with the children's grandmother and pledged to take action. 

• Last month, a former teacher in Naivasha murdered her four children through strangling following what she claimed were directives from spirits.

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Police in Gilgil are investigating an incident in which unknown persons poisoned and killed two children in hospital staff quarters on Monday evening.

The bodies of a  boy (four) and girl (two) were found in their house by their grandmother as she returned home from work.

Relatives and neighbours accused a neighbour who had fallen out with the children's grandmother of their death.

 

The two had allegedly argued days before, with the neighbour promising to take unspecified action in the course of the week. 

Child activist Sakina Mohammed said the children lived with their grandmother who worked in Gilgil Subcounty Hospital as a casual labourer. 

She said the woman left them in the care of the house help only to return in the evening and find out that they had been poisoned. 

"They were found on the bed after eating an orange," she said. 

Gilgil subcounty commissioner Ndambuki Mutheki confirmed the incident, saying no arrest had been made yet. He said that police were closing in on the main suspect. 

He added that the bodies had been collected and taken to the area mortuary as police recorded statements from various witnesses.

"From initial investigations, this is outright poisoning and police expect to make an arrest in the coming hours," he said.

 

Last month, a former teacher in Naivasha murdered her four children through strangling following what she claimed were directives from spirits.

The teacher has since been taken for mental treatment in Mathari l hospital in Nairobi after a doctor ruled that she was not mentally fit to stand trial.

And in the same town, officers from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit are on spot after their canteen was broken into and liquor worth thousands of shillings stolen. 

It’s suspected that one of the officers in the camp broke down the canteen in the cover of darkness and carted away the liquor. 

“There were marks of a military boot where the window was broken and it’s evident that this was carried out by an officer who was keen on alcohol only,” a police source said.

Edited by R.Wamochie