Son’s attempt to kill parents backfires as gun malfunctions
- A couple in Kiharu Constituency, Murang'a County, on Sunday cheated death by a whisker following a botched assassination attempt on their lives after their assailant's firearm malfunctioned.
- Christine Muthoni and Harrison Maina were tending to their farm when the assailant emerged wielding a G3 rifle and asked them to say their last prayers.
- Speaking to the press, Muthoni revealed that the assailant was their step-son who is well-known to herself as well as the villagers.
A couple in Kiharu Constituency, Murang’a County, on Sunday cheated death by a whisker following a botched assassination attempt on their lives after their assailant’s firearm malfunctioned.
The elderly couple, Muthoni and Maina, were tending to their farm when the assailant emerged wielding a G3 rifle and asked them to say their last prayers.
Speaking to the press, Muthoni revealed that the assailant was their step-son who is well-known to them and the villagers.
“I was attending to the farm when I heard some noise coming from a bush and upon looking I saw Ephantus Muilwa bent down with a rifle in hand aiming at me and his father,” she said.
According to Muthoni, when Muilwa realised that they were aware of his presence, he barked, “Say your last words before I gun you down!”
The culprit is then said to have cocked his rifle and taken aim at his father but the rifle jammed before he could open fire. Seconds later, a loud bang was heard but no one was injured as the couple proceeded to take cover from the attacker.
Muthoni further stated that, following the botched attempt, Muilwa fled the scene with the gun in a sack and jumped on a waiting boda boda.
“This is not the first time that a commotion with the young man has occurred. He blames me for his father chasing away his mother and he has been issuing death threats to me and my husband ever since,” she added.
Godfrey Waweru, who witnessed the altercation, said he was walking towards his farm when he heard the shots and froze.
“After collecting myself and taking cover I saw the assailant running from the farm with a sack on his shoulders before he boarded a boda boda and sped off,” said Godfrey.
Confirming the incident, Merira Assistant Chief Bernard Kagoto said the incident was brought to his attention by residents and the couple who recorded a statement at Murang’a Police Station.
“I visited the crime scene with officers to launch an investigation. I know the culprit well since I was involved in solving a land succession issue between his family members a while ago,” said Kagoto.
“The culprit is believed to be a 23-year-old Administration Police officer attached at an unknown station in Siaya County.”
While condemning the act, the area administrator pleaded with locals to resolve land succession cases amicably and not turn against each other.
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