Mombasa police arrest man over wife’s death

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 00:00 |
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Jasmine Atieno @sparkleMine

Police in Mombasa has arrested a man after his wife allegedly committed suicide in the same room they were sleeping together at Kisumu Ndogo slum.

Esther Mwende’s body was found dangling on a cloth from the roof by the husband whom they had slept together with at around 4am on Friday.

The man identified as Mbuvi Fundi claimed that they went to slept together but he woke up at 4am after an alarm bell only to find the lifeless body of his wife dangling from the roof.

Mwende’s death has left relatives, friends and neighbors in shock as most of them said there was no signs of strain in the marriage.

“This is the lady who used to babysit my child. We were with her yesterday and she did not inform me if there was any problem, so I am honestly very surprised by what has taken place today.

I woke up at 4 am preparing my child only for my husband to inform me that Esther had committed suicide. I do know whether they were having fights with her husband or what happened,” she Rose Chacha.

Christopher Kimani, owner of the rented house where the two lived said he had been woken up by the deceased’s who requested him to go to their house.

“The husband called me around 4am and asked me to go their house and when I got there, he asked me to get in and see for myself what had happened wife hanging from a cloth. I made a quick report to the police,” said Kimani.

Kimani said the husband informed him that they had a disagreement over a planned visit to her upcountry home.

"The man told me that they disagreed with the wife after he told her that her planned visit to her upcountry home this week would be rescheduled to a later date because he did not have money," said Kimani.

Nyali Sub-County deputy police commander Dafalla Ibrahim Dafalla said police have arrested the husband for questioning.

He said an autopsy report will give the cause of the death.

 “We took the body to the mortuary at Coast Provincial General Hospital mortuary, so we are waiting for autopsy results in order to give us the final report on the cause of the death,” Dafalla.

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