- The suspect was arrested over the murder of Boke after being saved by police from an irate mob.
- The family of the woman claimed the man was angered he could not marry their kin because they were relatives.
New details have emerged as to why a man travelled from his Kuria home to Kisii and allegedly killed a student alleged to have been his girlfriend.
The body of Lucy Boke, 22, was found in a pool of blood in her house in the Jogoo area, Kisii, after a suspected murder, on November 9.
The suspect was arrested over the murder of Boke after being saved by police from an irate mob.
The family of the woman claimed the man was angered he could not marry their kin because they were relatives.
The two families had met and agreed the two would not marry despite them having a child together.
This angered the man who allegedly trailed the woman to Kisii where she was studying at the Kisii National Polytechnic and allegedly killed her.
Boke was taking a beauty and therapy course and had a nine-month-old child.
The weapon was also found in the house, police said.
The suspected assailant had travelled from his Kuria home for the mission, police said.
He was saved by police from being lynched by residents who had flushed him from a house he was hiding in the area.
Police said they are investigating to establish if there were other accomplices in the murder incident.
The 22-year-old student came from Masaba village in Kuria West, Migori, same as the suspect.
Her mother Amina Nyihembe told the media the woman refused the request by the man to marry her.
“She had struggled to study and now she is dead because of love. We can't believe this,” she said.
Her uncle Ngen Matatiro said the families met and agreed the two would not marry.
Marrying relatives in some communities is an abomination.
And a new dispute has come up on where the Boke will be buried.
The family of the suspect is demanding the body while that of Boke says the two were not married to warrant that.
The family of Boke has rejected the demands.
Police in Kisii said they will produce the suspect in court as investigations into the murder go on.
Kisii police boss Isaac Kimwele said they would prefer murder charges in the case.
"It was all about a love triangle. The other details are reinforcing this murder," he said.