In Summary
  • Without help, someone experiencing fatal attraction can contemplate killing anyone standing in his or her way of happiness.
  • Mr Kinuthia told police in his hospital bed that he was obsessed with the sixth-year medical student, “but my love was never reciprocated”.
  • According to police, Ms Wangui was so angered about being dumped that she even visited his house on the day she reportedly killed Ms Wambui.

A scar on her left hand reminds Ms Ummy Omar what she went through.

Ms Omar got the mark as she attempted to leave the house of Abdi — a man who made her life difficult for two years. Abdi was her stalker.

On one fateful day in 2016, Ms Omar had gone to his house. He had stalked her for three months.

He used to follow Ms Omar to school and at home. He would stare at her without saying a word.

“One day, I took the decision not to attend my classes and go to his house to seek answers. I thought the only way out was to confront him,” the Business Administration graduate from Technical University, Mombasa, says.

WANGECHI

While at his house in Bamburi, Abdi told Ms Omar that he loved her and he would abduct her if she turned down his request.

She decided to leave, warning him of dire consequences if he continued following her. “As I approached the door, he grabbed me and pushed me on the floor where something cut my hand. He only let go when he saw blood,” she says.

Ms Omar was lucky to escape with only a scar. But Ms Ivy Wangechi, the Moi University student who was killed mid this week by a man who claimed to love her, was not.

Her decision to ignore Mr Naftali Kinuthia’s calls turned fatal.

Mr Kinuthia told police in his hospital bed that he was obsessed with the sixth-year medical student, “but my love was never reciprocated”.

RAGE

Eldoret East Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ali Kingi interrogated Mr Kinuthia.

“He said he was angry because she continued to ignore his calls. He said it was not the first time he was sending her money and that he was not happy to be denied a chance to celebrate her birthday,” Mr Kingi told the Saturday Nation.

“The man said he felt disrespected after all the love he had shown her.” Mr Kinuthia claimed to have sent Ms Wangechi Sh14,000 for her birthday three days before the brutal killing.

He added that he was angry because she did not pick his calls.

He then drove from Nairobi to Eldoret with an axe and a knife which he used to kill her in broad daylight.

FATAL ATTRACTION

What happened in Eldoret could be an isolated case but it had the signs of a dysfunctional relationship, where one party loves the other to dangerous levels.

Psychologists call this fatal attraction. It is a kind of love that borders on obsession.

Without help, the disorder can get so bad that one who has it stalks the person he wants, or contemplates killing anyone standing in his/her way of happiness or upcoming completion.

While announcing the decision to make Mr Joseph Kori a witness in the murder of his wife Mary Wambui two weeks ago, police said Mr Kori’s mistress Judy Wangui had been dumped days before the murder.

According to police, Ms Wangui was so angered about being dumped that she even visited his house on the day she reportedly killed Ms Wambui.

HOMICIDE

The door was opened by Mr Kori’s six-year-old son, who Ms Wangui offered to buy pizza.

In the process, Mrs Wambui came to the door, starting a chain of events that would end with her body being found near a river.

Based on news reports, at least two people in Kenya are killed every month by those who claim to love them.

Data on the number of homicides that took place last year will be released next month.

What is available shows an increase of 4.7 per cent in the number of people killed from 2014 to 2017.

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