Suspect Who Doused Wife With Petrol and Set Her on Fire Arrested in Kericho

Police have arrested the suspect who doused his wife in petrol and set her on fire in Seanin, Bomet County.

Mr. Joseph Tanui was arrested on Tuesday night at his hideout in Kericho County.

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Confirming the arrest, Police commander Alex Shikondi said that the suspect will be produced in court on Wednesday, October 14 to answer to murder charges.

Joseph Tonui Doused his wife with petrol
The killer husband Joseph Tonui arrested at a relative’s home in Kericho.Image/Courtesy

The news comes as a sigh of relief for the family of the victim Emmy Chepkoech who died on October 7 after sustaining serious burns on the night of October 3.

The incident sent shockwaves across Seanin village even as the suspect Mr Tonui had been evading police traps since he committed the heinous act.

The report says that her husband, Mr. Tonui on the night of October 3 set her on fire at her father’s home in Seanin village in Konoin constituency.

On the fateful day, the killer husband Mr. Tonui is said to have followed his wife, who three weeks earlier had left her matrimonial home after a bitter disagreement.

“That night at around 9pm and after everyone had had dinner in the kitchen that is separate from the main house, it was time to retire for bed. Everyone left except my sister and her six-year-old son. The man entered the kitchen and poured petrol on her while she was sitting by the fireplace. He then lit the fire, burning her.” Emmy’s sister, Susan Mitey told the Nation.



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