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Kenyan Man In US Kills Ugandan Wife ‘In Self-Defence’

A Kenyan based in the United States has told a US court he killed his wife in self-defence.

Peter Wanyoike told the Delaware County Court he killed his wife, Mrs Yetumbe Wanyoike, as their two children watched from the kitchen cabinet on January 28, in a fight that broke after she called him “a stupid nigger.”

The man, 34, said the woman confronted him carrying a kitchen knife for allegedly contacting her ex-husband, forcing him to pick up a hammer.

While struggling for the hammer, Yetumbe, a Ugandan by birth, allegedly poured boiling rice on his head and they fell while struggling for the hammer. “That’s when I hit her. I don’t know how many times… I realised she was not moving,” he told the court.

The couple’s two girls aged four and one watched from a spot in an empty kitchen cabinet, Wanyoike said. Once Yetumbe’s body was lifeless on the kitchen floor, the kids followed him around the house. “I was crying, holding both kids in the living room,” he said. “I didn’t expect anything like that to happen to us.”

Wanyoike then “drank whatever chemicals” in the house, including bleach, cough medicine and prescription drugs.

“I just wanted to die,” he said.

Yetumbe’s mother, Mrs Alice Johnson, was so distraught over his version of events that she ran from the courtroom.

Wanyoike, who migrated to the US in 2001, married his wife, a nursing student, in March 2005.

By November last year, he said, he started noticing she was talking and typing text messages on her cell phone more often and spent a lot of time on the family’s computer.

He said he was suspicious after he discovered his wife’s page on MySpace, a social-networking website, in which, he claimed, she listed herself as single and posted pictures of strange men and naked women.

By: Philadelphia Daily News


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