Man on the run after killing mother over family land

A man in Samburu County, Kenya beat his mother to death following a heated quarrel over land.

The man, Edwin Losepesh, 37, is said to have attacked his elderly mother, 82, after she opposed his plan to sell part of the family land.

According to the woman’s grandson, the deceased and her son engaged in a quarrel that caused a commotion on Saturday at 5 am before hitting her on the head with a blunt object.

“We were in a separate house where we heard the suspect quarreling with grandmother and jerry cans fell down. All neighbours heard the noise but nobody believed he could kill his grandmother,” he said.

According to the relatives, the deceased succumbed to internal bleeding as her other son was making arrangements to take her to hospital.

The local Nyumba Kumi chairman Sasan Lenakinong’iro said the suspect might have been under influence of alcohol when he attacked his mother.

Mr. Lenakinong’iro said the suspect fled after committing the murder.

“We are asking the police to take action immediately and we will work with them to ensure that he is arrested and charged in court,” he said.

Maralal OCPD Sylvester Rotich said that the police are already looking for the suspect and urged residents to assist with information that will lead to his arrest.

The body of the deceased was taken at the Samburu County Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

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