In Kenya, a 70-year-old man slashed his 42-year-old son to death after a quarrel in Ivari village, Embu East Sub County.
Residents explained how they were drawn to the homestead of Benjamin Njiru by screams only to find the body ofÂ hisÂ sonÂ Alexander Munene lying in a pool of blood with deep cuts on the head and the neck.
The suspect sought refuge at Runyenjes Police Station where he is being held in custodyÂ afterÂ angry residents who were baying forÂ hisÂ blood threatened to lynch him.
Patrick Muriithi Njiru the Assistant Chief Gikuuri sub location said the family had perennial family conflicts that were often sorted out by elders and other family members.
âTheÂ sonÂ is farmer just likeÂ hisÂ father. TheyÂ have been having issues which have not been big but usually solvedÂ afterÂ intervention by elders and other family members,â said the assistant chief.
Muriithi said that on the fateful day, February 14, at around 5pm, Munene had aÂ quarrelÂ withÂ hisÂ wife 33-year-oldÂ Beatrice Mutitu and theÂ 70-year-oldÂ dad intervened but Munene was not happy byÂ hisÂ fathersâ intervention, as they have had outstanding issues.
It is then that theÂ sonÂ toldÂ hisÂ fatherÂ he will be back and left the homestead without uttering another word.
The Assistant chief says Munene is said to have gone to a drinking spree at Kawanjara Shopping Centre and when he came back home at around 8pm, he went straight toÂ hisÂ fatherâsÂ house and confronted him. HisÂ fatherÂ is said to have responded swiftly with a pangaÂ slashingÂ him twice on the head and the neck.
Muriithi appealed to members of the public to sort out family issues amicably by involving the elders, other members of the society or the local administration.
âThere have been issues over land in the area and it could be the reason for the family conflicts but I donât think it should end by people taking the law into their hands. Residents should let the law take its course,â Muriithi added.
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