This man must have been suffering from an acute mental disorder!!
Residents of a village in Embu County are still reeling in shock after a 46-year-old man killed livestock he had offered as bride price to his in-laws and then committed suicide on Tuesday morning, December 3rd, 2016.
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Paul Njeru Irema of Mbarwari Village, Mbeere North Sub-County, is said to have doused his thriving shop in petrol, set it on fire and proceeded to his in-laws’ homestead, where he fatally shot with arrows three cows, a calf and two goats.
He then hang himself on a tree.
According to the Nation, Chief Domisiano Njeru of Kirie Location said the man had given the animals as dowry recently.
“The animals he killed were the ones he took as dowry two weeks ago. Everyone is shocked,” said the Chief.
The administrator said police in Siakago had launched investigations into the bizarre incident.
Njeru said the deceased, who was a father of four, left a suicide note asking to be buried in a cowshed without a casket and detailing how his property would be shared.
Added the chief:
“He requested that people do not contribute any money for his burial. The place where he hanged himself is near the spot at which he wished to be buried.”
The chief said the man had recently quarreled with his wife and she left for her parents’ home, which could have caused him to attack the animals.
Muminji Ward Administrator Njeru Nyaga said he had spotted the couple on Monday and they looked as if they had resolved their differences.
“It is as if the quarrel escalated during the month of December because he had not been operating his shop for a long time. He was a good man and of sober mind. We were worried why he was not operating during the festive period,” said Nyaga.