A village in Rangwe, Homabay County, southwestern Kenya has been left in shock after a 40-year-old man attempted to kill all his four children before taking his own life.
In the disturbing incident in Kamenya village on Tuesday evening, Ronny Ochieng slit the stomachs of his two last-born sons, twins aged 3, with a sharp knife, before poisoning his two daughters, aged 5 and 9 years. The man then ingested the same poison suspected to be an acaricide.
Luckily, well-wishers who heard the horrific screams of the children rushed to the scene and rescued them.
"They are currently admitted at the Homabay Teaching and Referral Hospital, in critical condition," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The father was, however, pronounced dead on arrival at the same hospital.
During the incident, the children's mother was said to have been away fending for the family when their father turned on them.
Detectives have since established that the man was due to appear at the Children's department offices in Rangwe on December 14, 2022, where he had been summoned after endless domestic wrangles.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.