Horror as woman hacks mother- in-law to death over napier grass

Relatives wail after viewing the body of Sabina Ratemo
  • The woman killed her sister’s mother-in-law during a quarrel over animal feed
  • The suspect is said to have gone to uproot fodder from the deceased’s farm without her permission
  • She was allegedly hacked to death with a panga

A family in Nyamira is in mourning after a woman killed her sister’s mother-in-law during a quarrel over animal feed.

Sabina Ratemo, 55, was allegedly hacked to death with a panga by the sister of her son’s wife after they picked a quarrel over chickweed fodder, locally known as Omenta.

The suspect is said to have gone to uproot the fodder from Ratemo’s garden without her permission.

The leguminous weed is given to lactating cows and goats, and is a good stimulant for milk production.

Gekonge sub-location assistant chief Dismas Omaiko said the suspect had been granted permission by Ratemo’s to uproot the fodder.

“What I have been told is that the suspect  had moved to Ms Ratemo’s garden where she wanted to pick the animal feed before she was asked on whose permission she was uprooting the fodder. A quarrel ensued before the suspect slashed the victim’s neck with a machete, killing her instantly,” said Mr Omaiko.

Bleeding profusely

There was a pool of blood at the the scene where the fight happened, with residents saying the victim died due to excessive bleeding.

After she killed the 55-year old woman, the suspect ran towards Ramasha Police Station where she gave herself in.

“We have confirmed with the police that the 48-year-old suspect is in safe custody at the Ramasha Police Station where she sought refuge from angry residents who were baying for her blood,” the chief said.

Fourth death

Villagers said the killing was the fourth to befall the family this year.

A nephew of the deceased, George Mageto, 34, a business man in Migori, was shot by police in Migori town after chaos related to elections erupted on August 11.

He was buried on Friday.

Mary Mose, 52, a sister-in-law of the deceased, was also killed a few months ago in cold blood by unknown people. Her body was found dumped near her home.


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