Gilgil Police arrest James Maina,34, for killing his wife, a nurse, Josephine Wangari Kamau, 34
Nurse at a national hospital in Kenya.

Josephine Wangari Kamau, 34, claimed to have been murdered by her husband James Maina,34, at Gilgil, Nakuru county. Police have already apprehended the spouse for questioning.

Josephine Wangari Kamau, a nurse at the psychiatric wing of Gilgil Sub-County Hospital, was murdered at around 5 am Tuesday, July 28, according to police.

The Police say she was murdered by her spouse, James Maina after a domestic quarrel resulted between the two.

Gilgil OCPD John Onditi said that Wangari and her partner had first argued on Monday night (July 27) before a neighbour mediated and peace was restored.

At around 4 am Tuesday, the husband-and-wife started their conflict afresh, the couple’s house-help told police.

“The housemaid said she heard Wangari pleading with her husband to stop battering her. At around 5 am, Wangari’s screams faded,” said Onditi.

A few minutes past 5 am, Maina appeared from the bedroom carrying their 7-month old son and handed the baby over to the house-help, saying he was going to purchase drugs from a nearby chemist because his wife had “developed a headache”.

"Mr Maina locked the door leading to his bedroom, "added the house-help.

“The housemaid ran after Maina to ask why he had locked his bedroom door yet his ‘ailing’ wife was inside the room. The suspect is said to have told the house-help to mind her own business, and stop interfering in their affairs,” said Onditi.

The nanny, who had grown suspicious of Maina’s actions, alerted neighbours, who rushed to the scene.

The neighbours managed to break down Maina’s bedroom door and found Wangari lying senseless on the bed.

An ambulance was called and on arrival to the victim’s house, nurses confirmed Wangari had already succumbed to her injuries.

The deceased’s spouse, a businessman in Gilgil Town, later Tuesday surrendered himself to police.

“He had, however, taken rat poison intending to commit suicide. So, we had to take him to Gilgil Sub-County Hospital first for emergency care before we arraign him,” said Onditi.

Wangari’s body was taken to Gilgil Sub-County Hospital mortuary.

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