• After the wife was hit by the poisoned arrow and laid unconscious, Alphonse ran for his dear life.
• Some of the residents who are still coming to terms with the untimely killings said that the accused whom they claimed was under the influence of alcohol should face the full force of the law for the heinous act.
A middle-aged man was arrested for killing his brother and sister in law during a dispute over the sale of their family land in Katunoi location in Baringo Central Sub County.
Area OCPD Francis Gachoki said the suspect Alexander Kipkemboi picked a fight with his brother Alphonse Kipchumba for opposing his plans to sell off part of his share of their ancestral land.
He told a press briefing at his office that the infuriated suspect went berserk and armed himself with a bow and arrows whose heads were laced with poison.
The family members were caught unawares after the suspect unleashed terror by shooting arrows at them hitting Melvin Rotich in his attempt to square it out with Kipchumba
It was at this time that Kipchumba escaped his wrath by whiskers after he used his wife to shield himself from the piercing arrows.
“After the wife was hit by the poisoned arrow and laid unconscious, Alphonse ran for his dear life but was hit by 3 arrows and died on the spot,” said Gachoki.
Gachoki said that the wife succumbed to injuries she sustained as she was being rushed to Baringo County referral hospital.
“We got information that he was coming to Kabarnet town that is when my officers laid an ambush but unfortunately he escaped to a nearby bush,” Gachoki explained.
He said they received a tip-off from one of the nyumba kumi elders that he was seeking refuge in one of the friend’s house and the officers swung into action and arrested him inside the house where he was hiding.
He said that Kipkemboi was being held for further interrogation before he is arraigned in court to face murder charges.
Some of the residents who are still coming to terms with the untimely killings said that the accused whom they claimed was under the influence of alcohol should face the full force of the law for the heinous act.
A family member who did not want to disclose his name said that the suspect will pose a threat if he is released again within a short time.
He urged the government to intervene by rehabilitating him and other youths from the area who are engaging in alcoholism and prone to perpetrating criminal activities in the society.