A form one student has been arrested for allegedly murdering an 11-year-old girl after they differed over a cattle grazing field in Kasipul Constituency.
Police in Kasipul arrested Michael Otieno Gono, 15, in connection with the murder of Noel Adhiambo.
Adhiambo, a pupil of Kosele Community Christian Center, was murdered on Friday, June 19 at Nduga village in the constituency.
Her body was later taken to Rachuonyo level 4 hospital where a post-mortem was conducted last Saturday and revealed the deceased died of profuse bleeding which led to the collapse of her heart.
The report also indicated that the girl was hit with a blunt object on the right side of her rib cage which caused a fracture on 4th, 5th, and 6th ribs.
The blood on the right side of the chest affected crucial internal organs like the heart, causing instant death.
Confirming the incident to KNA, the Rachuonyo South Sub County Police Commander Esau Ochorokodi said they arrested the boy after evidence linked him directly to the death of the minor.
“We’ve been conducting our investigations which revealed the boy is a key suspect in the murder,” Ochorokodi said.
The suspect is being detained at Kosele Police Station awaiting to be arraigned in court.
Last week, Adhiambo’s mother Christine Awino said she suspected that her daughter was killed by two boys including the one who has been arrested.
According to Awino, Adhiambo and her elder sister Judith Atieno were looking after cattle at a field in the village on that fateful afternoon.
But the two boys suddenly confronted them with accusations that their cattle were grazing on a piece of land that did not belong to their parents.
The arguments led to a physical fight in which the two boys attacked the two girls, with the boys assaulting them with wooden rods and stones.
This made Adhiambo and Atieno run in different directions to save their lives.
Atieno ran towards their homestead while her sister ran in the opposite direction.
The assailants gave up the chase on Atieno and combined their efforts in chasing Adhiambo with the intention of assaulting her further.
Adhiambo went missing that afternoon before her body was found in a maize plantation in the village three days later.