A man is on the run after allegedly cutting off the hand of his wife with a machete in her parents’ home.
Benard Ouma is said to have been married to his wife, Janet Auma, for two years, and the couple has been known for having constant quarrels.
Janet reportedly left her matrimonial home after her last quarrel and headed for her parents’ home.
It is alleged that Ouma followed his wife to her parents’ home in Burinda village in the Butula Constituency in Kenya and attacked her before fleeing using a motorcycle. He is also said to have slashed her on the thighs and head with a machete he was armed with.
Narrating the ordeal, the mother of Janet, Ms. Owino, said she had sent her daughter to collect firewood behind the house so they could make breakfast when Ouma, reportedly pounced on her
“I heard Auma screaming. I rushed to where she was picking firewood and found her lying in a pool of blood, unconscious. Her hands had been chopped off and she was bleeding profusely. The left hand lay beside her and the other one had been chopped into pieces. I saw her husband escape on a motorcycle. I saw him. He was still holding the machete he used to attack my daughter. He wanted to kill her,” Owino claimed.
Janet was rushed to the county hospital, situated is 15 kilometres away from their home.
It was also revealed that Ms Auma and Mr Ouma dated just for a few months before they started living together. Auma’s parents were against their relationship because they felt their daughter was too young for marriage
“Their marriage flew into headwinds just months after they started living together. We have tried telling her to quit the relationship but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” Ms Owino said.
“Theirs has been a tough relationship. Not once, not twice, not thrice has her husband beaten her senselessly. In fact, we have lost count of the times they have fought and she has always ended up sustaining serious injuries. She would come home after being beaten but interestingly, she would always go back to her husband after recovering.
The Kenya Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in a statement on Monday, said detectives are currently on the hunt for Mr Ouma to bring him to justice.