A 30-year-old Kenyan man who went into hiding after sealing off his wife’s genitals using superglue has been arrested.
James Kifo Muriuki was nabbed by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) from his hideout in Kinango, Kitui County on Thursday, May 21st.
Kifo reportedly committed the heinous act after luring his spouse to River Kathita in Tharaka-Nithi County on the night of Saturday, May 16th, where he ordered her to undress and name all the men she had slept with while he was away in Nairobi.
He allegedly stuffed pepper, onion, and salt in his wife’s private parts before applying superglue mixed with sand to ‘seal it off’.
He also glued her ears, and mouth before fleeing the scene and leaving her behind. The helpless woman reported the incident to Marimanti Police Station and was taken to Marimanti Sub-County Hospital for treatment.
Confirming the incident, Tharaka South Police Commander Kiprop Rutto said the suspect from Kamatungu area traveled home from Nairobi on Saturday, May 16th, and on arrival, he told his spouse that they needed to move to another place to avoid being arrested for defying the government’s ban on movement of people into and out of Nairobi metropolis. Nairobi is under lockdown as part of the measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.
The two left their home but when they reached Kathita River, the husband turned against his wife. Rutto said the suspect is a known criminal in the area and was on police radar for other crimes.
Kifo was arrested alongside another suspect James Murogi Maingi, who was harboring him in his house. The DCI said Murogi is known for practicing witchcraft within Kaningo.
Kifo will be arraigned in court to answer to charges of sexual assault.