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Murder in Karen: Son arrested after mom succumbs to injuries he inflicted

Police have arrested a 41-year-old man for murder after his mother succumbed to injuries he inflicted on her.

The 77-year-old woman died after allegedly being assaulted and burnt by her son in a fight in the Karen area, near the Catholic University of Eastern Africa last week.

The victim was identified as Miriam Okongo Auma.

According to the police, on September 27, she told police that she argued with her son, aged 41, about why he was burning her valuable clothes.

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A fight ensued and her son overpowered her, pinning her down on the burning pile of clothes.

She was rescued by neighbours who responded to her screams.

She was taken to hospital where she died three days later. She had refused to record a statement, saying she didn’t want her son to be harassed.

After she died, police arrested her son who is expected to be charged with murder.

Last month, a 45-year-old man allegedly killed and buried his 70-year-old mother in Mathioya Constituency, Murang’a County.

According to relatives and area residents, the incident took place at their home in Murang’a after the woman had been reported missing.

Her disappearance raised eyebrows and after interrogating her son who is alleged to be mentally impaired, he led them to the shallow grave where her body was discovered.

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In August, police arrested a man who allegedly murdered his mother before setting her body on fire.

Ms Roselyn Nyawanda was the Deputy Principal of Migingo Girls High School and was found dead inside her house at the institution’s teachers’ quarter.

Police at the time said that the suspect was mentally unstable and a drug addict who had been causing chaos at their home.

According to them, the man committed the murder and locked himself inside the house where he stayed with the body for more than 20 hours.

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