Police in Machakos have arrested a 33-year-old man accused of killing his 26-year-old wife and 11-year-old son on Friday night.
The incident happened in Joska, Matungulu Constituency in Machakos County, Kenya.
Neighbours reported that they saw the suspect, a boda boda operator, loading a black 50-litre drum on his motorbike, and when he ignited the motorbike’s engine to take off, a human head fell off the container.
Shocked, they rushed to the scene to establish whose head the suspect was carrying. On arriving near the suspect’s house, they discovered that the severed head belonged to the suspect’s 11-year-old son.
The neighbours then filed a report at the nearby KBC Police Station in Matungulu.
Law enforcement officers, who arrived at the suspect’s home, broke down his door and were shocked to discover that the 33-year-old man had also killed his 26-year-old wife.
The body of the suspect’s spouse was found naked on their bed, with deep cuts inflicted to her head.
Matungulu OCPD Kipkemoi Kirui told K24 Digital that the suspect was going to bury his son’s body, when the boy’s head fell off the drum he had loaded onto his motorbike.
“Fearing that neighbours would lynch him, the suspect hopped off the motorbike and ran into his house, where he locked himself in,” said Kirui.
On arrival at his home Friday night, police arrested the suspect and moved the bodies of mother-and-son to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital morgue.
“We have launched investigations into the murders, and soon, we will arraign the suspect,” Kangundo OCPD Kipkemoi Kirui said.
The reason(s) for the killings remain unclear, police said.