- The woman’s body had a fresh stab wound on the head.
- Residents said they were attracted by smoke that was billowing from the room.
- Mathira East police boss James Barasa said the matter is being treated as murder.
A man on Wednesday evening allegedly killed his wife in Karatina town, Nyeri County, and tried to set her body on fire before fleeing from the scene.
The body of the woman, identified as Grace Nyambura and a mother of two, was found lying on a bed with bedding partially burnt in a one-room rental house at Jamaica estate at around 4.30 pm.
When the Nation arrived at the scene, hundreds of curious neighbours and onlookers milled around the scene.
The woman’s body had a fresh stab wound on the head and blood-stained clothes and bedding were strewn around the room.
Residents said they were attracted by smoke that was billowing from the room and, upon breaking the door -- which was locked from outside -- they were shocked to find the woman's lifeless body.
They then called firefighters from Karatina who put out the fire.