•The man and his wife were out on a picnic. Police are yet to establish what went wrong.

Thika residents were yesterday left in shock after a man allegedly slit his wife's throat and left their four-month-old unattended on the driver's seat.

The gory accident occurred inside a rented car in Gatuanyaga, Thika East.

 Thika Deputy OCPD Muthee Nyaga told the press that the man and his wife were out on a picnic. Police are yet to establish what went wrong.

Residents stumbled upon the woman’s body and the abandoned car after which they set out on the search.

"Some residents who saw the car alerted the police after they suspected foul play," Muthee said.

The man whose identity is yet to be revealed hid in the Delamere plantation but the residents were not ready to give up on nabbing him.

Witnesses said residents lit a fire in the plantation to smoke the man out.

When he emerged, he tried to attack some of the residents but was outnumbered.

Thika Deputy OCPD Muthee said police traced the man’s close relative through his phone, who confirmed that indeed the two were a couple and that they had a child together.

The man is believed to have lured the woman to the deserted area to commit the crime. There was evidence of fast food in some of the car seats.

The two bodies have been moved to the mortuary.

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