Judicial officer burned to death in dispute over son’s burial

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A judicial officer was killed by irate residents of Gitumbi village, Kirinyaga county  after he allegedly refused to allocate space for his son to be buried. 

The deceased a chief executive officer attached to Muranga law court was burnt beyond recognition and his five roomed semi-permanent house reduced to ashes in a Saturday morning incident.

According to the residents and police, the deceased identified as Muriithi Muchiri aged 49 years provoked the violence when he tried to disperse mourners who had convened at his home for funeral arrangements for his first born son who was found dead on Monday this week.

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His son, born by his estranged wife was found hanging on a tree branch a few meters from his house with police suspecting he was murdered and later hanged.

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The mourners had been meeting at the local shopping Centre after the deceased rejected the request to organize his son’s funeral.

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Saturday morning, the residents went for funeral arrangements at the deceased’s home to seek guidance on where the son would be buried.

To their shock, Muriithi is said to have threatened to hack them if they stepped into the compound.

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The angry residents forcefully entered his compound and got hold of him, beat him up before locking him inside his house and torching it.

Kerugoya OCPD Mohamed Bedel confirmed the incident and termed it as horrifying and revealed that police have launched investigations. No arrest has been done so far.

 

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