Woman who killed four children in Naivasha blames evil spirits


Forty-two-year old Beatrice Mwende is accused of killing her four children aged between eight and two years in Naivasha on Saturday (Photo/Silas Mwiti)

The woman accused of killing her four children in Naivasha is now blaming evil spirits and her former boyfriend.

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42-year-old Beatrice Mwende Kimothoi who spent two days in police cells says she is yet to come to terms with her heinous deed which she termed demonic.

The murdered minors aged between eight and two years have been identified as Melody Warigia (8yrs), Willy Macharia (6yrs) both students of Milimani primary school, Samantha Njeri (4yrs) and Whitney Nyambura (2yrs).

This came as police sought for seven days to hold her so that they could conduct mental assessment before charging her with murder.

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Speaking in fluent English before she was arraigned in court, the mother of six narrated how she killed the four children one after the other on Friday night before heading to bed.

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The mathematics teacher while pleading for mercy for her actions said that at the time she committed the murder she was possessed and did not know what she was doing.

“We ate supper together and even watched TV before the children whom I loved so much went to bed only for the evil spirits to take over,” she said.

Mwende said that her boyfriend whom they parted ways last year would take control over her actions ordering her to do all manner of queer things during their relationship.

“I have never loved anyone so much and on this night he took control of me and I strangled my children one after the other before laying them on their beds,” she narrated.

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She told said on every 26th of every month, she would be possessed by evil spirits that commandeered her to do all kind of deeds that she was not in control of.

While seeking for God’s and relatives forgiveness, Mwende who worked with an NGO in Naivasha town said that at no time had she contemplated killing her four children.

“Am hoping that this is a bad dream and I will wake up and find my children healthy because I would never hurt even a fly,” she said.

The suspect added that on realizing what she had done on Saturday morning, she went to look for the boyfriend who works in Naivasha town.

“I felt so relieved and lighter on seeing him before proceeding to a bar where we always met before the police came for me,” she said.

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On the letter she left behind, the suspect said that she was dazed while writing it adding that she was now ready to serve a jail term for her mistakes.

At the Naivasha law courts, police sought more days to hold her so that they could finish their investigations and charge her with murder.

Through a miscellaneous application, Corporal Samuel Wambugu told Naivasha Senior Resident magistrate Yusuf Baraza that they needed seven days to conclude their investigations.

He said that they planned to conduct a post mortem on the four bodies and seek a mental assessment against the accused.

The case will come up for hearing on the 6th of July 2020.



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