A 55-year-old man is currently on the run after he allegedly strangled his two children before setting their bodies on fire in Mombasa, Kenya.
Police say the suspect, Jason Chacha, allegedly committed the heinous act after a domestic row with his wife.
Mombasa County police commander Stephen Matu noted that preliminary investigations showed that the children were probably strangled before being set on fire.
“We are waiting for the postmortem results which are to be conducted today, however, there is a possibility the minors were strangled before their bodies were set on fire, once we get the postmortem we will be able to make an informed decision on what killed the minors,” he said
He added that detectives had already, launched a manhunt for the suspect who has since gone into hiding.
Chacha’s wife, Maria Broke, revealed that she left the house moments before the incident after her husband whom she has been married for 13 years threatened to kill her if she failed to leave.
“I left the house and left my two children after my husband had threatened to kill me. I headed to my friend’s house where I spent the night to give him space to cool his tempers. Later in the night, I received a call that my children had died in a fire incident,” she added.
Matu called on couples to find ways of resolving their issues amicably noting that it was unfortunate that parents were using their children to settle scores.
“Where are the good old days when couples would leave their kids out of their matrimonial issues, let us not involve kids in our fights and work on our differences as adults,” he added.
The bodies of the two minors are being preserved at the coast general hospital, awaiting postmortem.