A Kenyan pastor has stabbed his wife multiple times until she died during a church service and then killed himself with the same knife in a murder-suicide in the presence of a shocked congregation.
An assistant pastor with the Ground for God’s Gospel Church in Mombasa, identified as Elijah Misiko left his front seat in the church and approached his wife, who is the senior pastor, identified as Ann Mughoi, on the pulpit and stabbed her multiple times with one of the knives he had hidden in an envelope. An eyewitness told the police.
“He walked up to his wife while the church was praying as if he wanted to whisper something to her,” Mombasa sub-county police commander Julius Kiragu said. “Then he took one of the knives and stabbed her (wife) two times. He believed she was dead. He then stabbed himself three times in the stomach and slit his throat.”
It was gathered that, Misiko died instantly from his multiple and deep wounds and Mughoi died a few hours later at a local hospital, according to the police.
Julius Kiragu told Cable News Network, CNN that the couple had been engaged in a long running feud over leadership and ownership of the church.
It was learnt that in the year 2017, Misiko was detained by the Mombasa police after his wife reported that he was planning to kill her. He was released the following day after police said they found the accusations untrue.
According to the police, the late couple, which had 4 children, had lived apart since their dispute began two years ago.
“She had been trying to stay away from the husband since the dispute over the ownership of the church began,” Kiragu told CNN. “They had even reported the matter to church leaders but they were unable to resolve the dispute.”
It was further gathered that Misiko left a 17-page suicide note, in which, he accused Mughoi of changing ownership of the church, which he said the couple founded, to her name alone, police said.