• In the Saturday, April 9 incident, a 58-year-old widow, her three children and two grandchildren were burnt to death inside their house
  • After performing the post-mortems, the chief government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said that the six were burned alive
  • Oduor added that they died in an agonising manner as they held onto each other with no chance of escape

The government has released the post-mortem results carried out on the bodies of six family members from Kandara in Murang’a county who were killed in a night fire.

Mary Wangui Njoroge (l) and two of her grandchildren. Photo: Nation.
From left: Mary Wangui Njoroge and two of her grandchildren, Jackline Wambui and Alvin Kiarie. Photo: Nation.
Source: UGC

In the Saturday, April 9 night incident, which is suspected to be an arson attack, a 60-year-old widow, her three children and two grandchildren were burned to death.

Speaking on Sunday, April 24, after performing the post-mortems, the chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor said that the six were burned alive.

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After the exercise that was carried out at General Kago Funeral Home in Thika, Oduor noted that they died in an agonising manner as they held onto each other with no chance of escape.

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The pathologist added that the pain from the burns made them pass out and the burning continued minutes after they were dead.

“All had 100 per cent burns. It is the fire that caused their deaths. Analysis of their anatomical presentation after they succumbed indicates that they all burnt to death as they writhed in pain. Ordinarily, the pain made them pass out as the burning continued. The process of burning continued minutes after they were dead,” said Oduor as quoted by Nation.

Alice Nyambura arrested

The victims were identified as Mary Wangui, 60, and her three daughters, Cecilia Gathoni, 30, Lucy Mumbi, 18, and Margaret Wanja, 15. Others who died in the fire were Gathoni’s two children — Jackline Wambui, 7, and Alvin Kiarie aged 3.

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According to the police, the ill-fated house where the six perished had been locked from the outside in a manner that defines a premeditated attack that sought to cause maximum damage by limiting any rescue mission.

Following the fatal incident, police arrested Alice Nyambura, on suspicion of being behind the attack.

The suspect, who was living with the deceased, had moved her belongings from the house before the incident.

Nyambura and her deceased sister were reportedly constantly arguing over land.

She is currently being held at Kabati Police Station pending completion of investigations into the matter.

Police discovered containers and clothes that smelt of petrol, as well as used matchsticks from Nyambura’s house and this, made them ask the Kandara court let them keep her in custody for 21 days.

Source: TUKO.co.ke