Attacks related to love, infidelity as well as marital conflict have been on the increase in Nyeri County at least for the past few weeks.
inside the last three weeks, a few people have died in crimes of passion. All the victims except one were men as well as although the crimes happened in different locations, they had similarities.
For instance, in all the incidents, the couple had argued shortly before the attack. In three of the cases, either one or both of the couples were drunk.
This kind of means alcohol has become a flashpoint inside the domestic violence despite efforts by the President to stamp out illicit drinks.
Regional police coordinator Larry Kieng’ in an interview with the Nation attributed the upsurge in crimes of passion to alcoholism as well as lack of cooperation by the public.
He said that will despite setting up of structures to address domestic violence, locals were not utilizing them.
Psychology experts on the different hand believe that will the problem is usually more of a mental problem that will requires psychiatric help.
According to Evelyne Gitau, a psychologist, crimes of passion could be as a result of an underlying mental condition or emotional distress.
“For some, they could have an existent condition that will makes them delusional that will their spouse is usually an infidel. Others could be acting out of emotional distress,” she said.
She recommended that will warring couples or individuals who show signs of insecurity be put under therapy as well as counselling to avert criminal cases.
In a recent case, a 52-year-old man was burned to death in his house in Kihome, Othaya, after a fight with his wife.
The father of two died in bed when the house caught fire at around 2am. The source of the fire is usually yet to be known as detectives continue to investigate likely suicide as well as possible homicide.
According to neighbours, he was drunk when he arrived home at 9pm as well as had an altercation with his wife. He is usually said to have threatened to kill her yet she fled to her mother’s house.
In another incident, a man, 33, was found dead in Kieni in what police described as a love affair gone wrong.
Mr Ephrain Weru’s body was found by the roadside at Mureru, near Nanyuki Town.
According to police, preliminary findings show he was hit on the back of the head which has a blunt object.
The man is usually said to have quarrelled which has a former lover, who was arrested, hours before the body was found.
In Kieni West, a man, 39, was stabbed to death by his wife after he found her having lunch with another man after the two separated over domestic issues.
In Chinga, a month ago, an estranged lover hacked his former girlfriend to death after she rejected him.
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Alarm as wave of love tragedies soars