In Summary
  • A scuffle ensued after the brothers allegedly pulled Oloo from the bedroom and started beating him.

  • The brothers allegedly pulled Oloo outside the house where they continued beating him, before they took him back and placed him on the bed.

  • The journalist had three deep cuts on the forehead, mid-section and the back of his head.

A chief inspector of police, her teen daughter, her lover and a maid were Thursday being held by police following the gory killing of a journalist in Siaya County in what is believed to be a tragic love story.

The body of 40-year-old Eric Oloo, a correspondent with the The Star newspaper based in Siaya, was found on a blood-soaked bed in the house of Chief Inspector Sabina Kerubo on Thursday morning.

LOVE TRIANGLE

Detectives were last evening piecing up the journalist’s last moments, after it emerged that he had been attacked and seriously injured in the officer’s house in a scuffle involving two brothers in a love triangle.

Another suspect, a brother of the officer’s lover, also implicated in the journalist’s death, went into hiding and had not been found by last evening.

The journalist’s mother Keziah Oloo and Siaya County police Commander Francis Kooli, told the Nation at the Ugunja Police Station that Oloo and the chief inspector had been living as husband and wife for the past two years. Ms Kerubo also serves as the deputy OCS of the station.

Police suspect the journalist was attacked in the officer’s rented house in Uhor village, Ugunja, Siaya County, on Wednesday night. The couple had lived there for the past one year.

A witness told the Nation that the officer had arrived home at around 9pm on Wednesday with a man, believed to be her lover, who is a chef and a regular visitor. He often came to cook special meals for the family, the witness said.

WIPED BLOOD

Oloo was at this time in the bedroom sleeping.

The two then left the house shortly after and returned at around midnight, this time accompanied by the man’s brother, also a regular visitor to the house.

A scuffle ensued after the brothers allegedly pulled Oloo from the bedroom and started beating him.

All this while, the officer, her teenage daughter and the house girl were in the house and the officer asked the men to stop fighting in her house.

The brothers allegedly pulled Oloo outside the house, where they continued beating him, before they took him back and placed him on the bed.

According to the witness, the man warmed some water and wiped the blood off the journalist and the floor.

DEEP CUTS

Neighbours said they heard the commotion but did not respond.

It is still not clear how or whether the two brothers left the house or what time Oloo died.

The landlord, Mr Moses Ochieng, who lives a few metres away, said Ms Kerubo walked to his house accompanied by her lover at around 7:30am on Thursday and requested him to help her take a patient to hospital.

“She said her husband was very sick and needed to be taken to hospital. But when I came to the house, I had questions about the state of the man because he appeared to be already dead and had deep cuts on his head, besides other injuries,” he said.

Mr Ochieng claimed that when he asked the officer what had happened to Oloo, she said he banged himself against the wall.

The landlord said he declined to take the journalist to hospital, instead advising the officer to report the matter to the police since she was an officer and the matter was serious.

ON THE RUN

“She was reluctant to inform her colleagues at the station and I insisted it was a police case and went to report the matter to the police myself,” he said.

By the time Ms Kerubo’s colleagues arrived at the scene of the crime, she had left for Ugunja market to fetch a taxi in her lover’s company. Police later took the body to the Ambira Sub-District Hospital mortuary before arresting the man.

“We found him together with the man we are holding in a taxi in Ugunja town where we arrested them,” Ugunja OCPD Ibrahim Muchuma said.

The four suspects in custody, he said, were helping the police with investigations while the fifth suspect was on the run.

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