Woman hacks mother-in-law to death with an ax, says Satan asked her to also kill her mother and sister



Caroline Wanjiku has confessed to hacking her mother-in-law Ann Nyambura to death in Kiambu county. She said that Satan had asked her to also kill her mother and sister but she didn't find them at home. The 29-year-old reported to Thigio chief’s post on Monday, September 21, saying visions of snakes coiling around her waist kept her up at night.
"On Sunday night when I went to sleep, the snakes visited me. They asked me to kill the three people they kept asking for, but I prayed to God and slept after they left. The following morning, they came again and asked me to kill them. I do not know what happened but I proceeded to the kitchen where my mother-in-law was and killed her with an ax." She said

She told the press, administration police and residents she also intended to kill her mother and sister but did not find them at her matrimonial home. "It is Satan who disturbs my mind," said the woman whose husband, David Njenga, works in Qatar.

She said she committed the crime while her father-in-law, Ben Maara, was at a garage washing his car, and then took a boda boda to her home.

Assistant chief James Mwaura said Wanjiku told her father-in-law that she had killed his wife, and asked for her mother and sister. "She went to the AP post to report what she had done when she could not find her mother and her sister," Mwaura said. "She has been taking tablets which control her mental problem but no one knows what happened. We are leaving everything to investigators."

Officers from Tigoni police station and crime scene detectives from Nairobi county reported to the scene and began a probe. They collected blood samples and the ax and took statements from family members, but declined to comment saying they were not authorised to address the press.

Wanjiku was later transferred from the chief’s post to the police station. Officers said she will undergo a mental check at Mathari hospital. The body was taken to City Mortuary.