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Woman ‘beheads husband’ as he tries to escape during argument over breakfast (photos)

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An elderly woman allegedly beheaded her husband during an argument over breakfast.

Margaret Wanjiru, 65, is accused of killing 99-year-old Ndung’u Mugachia around 7.30am on Sunday, September 5, in the village of Kagumo-ini, southern Kenya.

According to police, she started by arguing with her daughter-in-law, who had given Mr Mugachia breakfast.

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Catherine Ringera, a police official in the nearby town of Kandara, said: “The husband came out to defend the daughter-in-law and that is when hell break loose.”

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Wanjiru then ran for a machete before cutting off her husband’s right ear before slitting his throat, Kenyan newspaper the Daily Nation reports.

Her daughter-in-law, Betty Mumbi, said: “She woke up and started insulting the husband and included me because I was the one serving him breakfast.

“The husband tried to calm her down, but it was in vain, as she dashed for the panga and slit his throat.

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“I tried saving him, but she also started attacking me.

She added: “He was lying outside the house as he tried to escape, but she overpowered him and cut off his head.”

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Betty claimed that Wanjiru had previously threatened to kill her dad, allegedly assaulting him earlier this year.

Mr Mugachia was already dead by the time police arrived at the scene.

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Wanjiru is being held at Kabati Police Station and is due to appear in court. 

Mr Mugachia’s body is being kept at Gaichanjiru Catholic mission hospital mortuary, with a post-mortem due to be carried out.

The pair had been married for 52 years and have six children.

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