Father, Mother and Son in Custody For Murder

A man who had visited an illicit brew den locally known as Chang'aa to crown the Easter celebrations lost his life after he was attacked by the den’s owner and her family.

Stanley Sing’oei, 39, had visited the well-known traditional liquor den in Arorwet village, Kuresoi sub-county, Kenya’s Rift Valley, on Monday afternoon and was enjoying the homebrew in the company of Sheila Langat, the brewer cum proprietor of the den.

The two conversed spiritedly, as Sing’oei gulped his first pint in one swallow and ordered for a second.

He was barely done with the second when he noticed that Sh23,500 (USD$235), which he had earlier put in one of his pockets was missing.

Since they were only the two of them, he turned to the den’s owner and asked her whether she had taken the money.

A confrontation ensued attracting the attention of her husband Charles Langat and their 17-year-old son who descended on the deceased, hacking him to death using a machete.

The area assistant chief Hillary Rotich, who was among the first responders rushed to the scene and found Sing’oei’s lifeless body sprawled on the ground, with a deep cut on his head.

“The assistant chief alerted detectives based at Kuresoi police station, 40 kilometres away from the scene of the incident,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in a statement.

The officers rushed to the homestead, arrested the three suspects and recovered the murder weapon, which was taken as an exhibit.

A whole family of father, mother and son is now in custody, being processed for murder, contrary to Section 203 as read with Section 204 of the Penal Code.

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