By Our Reporter.
Tension engulfed a village in Kiambu County after a man killed his wife and three school going children before killing himself.
The day had begun well, before Patrick Nderitu killed his three children and the wife in their Juja home in Kiambu County.
The elder child, Joe Muraya aged 7 years was a pupil at Varsity Aim Academy while Jeff Mutua and Joy Wangui, three-year-old twins, were schooling at By Grace Academy, which is not far from their home.
The man was described by neighbours as caring. However, he stabbed the children with the wife before setting himself ablaze after he allegedly lost money in a fake tender deal.
It is alleged that Nderitu was in depression for close to two weeks after a former classmate told him to raise Sh1.5 million to secure a tender in the military.
He deposted Sh500, 000 in the bank account and handed the classmate Sh1 million in cash but the deal went sour after the classmate switched off his phone.
Nderitu had borrowed the cash from friends promising to refund before January 12.
Teachers at Varsity Aim Academy and By Grace Academy revealed that the man used to pay his children’s school fees.
On the fateful day, the mother escorted the two children to the academies which are not far from their home.
At 4pm, she received the children and served them with cake and tea. Then the children rode their bicycles within their well secured compound.
After supper, they all retired to bed. It was at 1am that screams were heard with mother and children pleading to the father to spare their lives.
Responding to the calls, neighbours had a hard time trying to break metal door to enter the house.
On entering the house, they found Nderitu battling a fire. He is believed to have set himself ablaze.
“We pulled him out to the verandaand poured cold water on him to put out the fire,” said John Kamau, one of the neighbours.
Proceeding to the bedroom, they saw the worst: “Kanini was lying on her back on the bed. On the closer scrutiny, we saw deep cuts and stab wounds on the head, chest and neck.”
“Bodies of thethree children, which also bore deep wounds, were on the floor,” said Jackson Thuku, another neighbour.The bodies were removed to the City mortuary.