Kirinyaga: 62-year-old watchman kills self after he was forced to pay stolen property

Kirinyaga: 62-year-old watchman kills self after he was forced to pay stolen property
Villagers congregate at the scene in which a 62-year-old watchman was found dangling from an avocado tree. Photo: Johnson Muriithi.

In Summary

  • The 62-year-old watchman had worked at the school for over 30 years before the incident in which books mysteriously disappeared from the school store
  • His family says he was taken to Kagio police station after the matter and ordered to pay Ksh 32,100 for the books which had gone missing

Police in Kirinyaga county are investigating an incident in which a 62-year-old watchman who went missing on Thursday was found dangling from avocado tree at Kangoro village.

The deceased’s son John Murage told the media that his father was working as a night watchman at Kathaka Primary School when books were stolen by uknown people.

He says the school then forced his father who was on duty at the time to bear the cost of the missing books.

“My father was forced to pay the school books and even at one time locked at Kagio police station where he had paid ksh 31,800 where he had a balance of ksh 260 ” murage said

His family said that on Thursday, the deceased had went to Kagio police station where the matter was to be settled.

It was the last time they saw him alive.

The school chairman who was supposed to be present at the police station did not show up, according to reports.

A relative, Robin Weru who was dismayed by the tragic turn of events accused Kagio police officers of turning the police station to a ‘Kangaroo Court’ where suspects would be held without trial.

“Why did they not take him to court after he was arrested?”Weru asked

His family also took an issue with the School Headteacher saying he had sacked the deceased who had been a watchman at the school for over 30 years .

His body was removed to Kibugi funeral Home in Kutus awaiting postmortem.

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