Members of a church in Kenya witnessed their utmost shock yesterday during service as the assistant pastor reportedly stabbed his wife multiple times and then killed himself with the same knife in a murder-suicide case.
According to eyewitnesses, the man, Elijah Misiko, who is an assistant pastor with the Ground for God’s Gospel Church in Mombasa, left his front-row seat, approached his wife, senior pastor Ann Mughoi, on the pulpit and stabbed her with one of the knives he’d hidden in an envelope.
“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.”
Naija News understands that Misiko died instantly from his stab wounds and Mughoi died at a local hospital, a few hours later.
The police spokesman, Kiragu told newsmen that the couple had been battling over the ownership and leadership of the church.
He noted that in 2017, Misiko was arrested and detained after he was accused by his wife that he plans to kill her, but was however released by the police when they felt the accusations were not true.
“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.”
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.