7 January 2013

Kenya: Father of Five Slain Kids Commits Suicide in Cells

Nairobi — A father accused of killing his five children in Korogocho slum last month has committed suicide at the Muthaiga police station cells.

The body of the man identified by police as Boniface Ouma Auka was found in the cells on Monday morning.

Area divisional police chief Samuel Anampiu told Capital FM News they suspected the man hang himself using his clothes.

"His body was discovered this morning in the police cells. We suspect he used his clothes to kill himself so we are treating it as a suicide case," he said.

Auka appeared in court late last month but did not plead to murder charges because he did not have a lawyer.

He was due in court on Tuesday, January 8 to plead to the charges.

The suspect was arrested two days after bodies of his five children were discovered in their house at Korogocho. The children were aged between two and 10.

According to police, one of the children had stab wounds while the rest are believed to have been poisoned.

Their mother surfaced a day after the killings and denied any role, saying she had fled their house after a quarrel with the children's father.

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