Man hacks to death medical student at Moi Referral, Eldoret

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A man has hacked to death a medical student at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in broad daylight.

The Moi University School of Medicine female student was doing her practicals on Tuesday at the hospital when she was attacked near the accident and emergency wing.

The suspect identified as Kinuthia was rescued by police as irate locals descended on him with stones after he hacked the medical student with an axe and a knife. The student later died of injuries after being rushed to hospital. According to witnesses Ivy Wangechi, who was in her mid-twenties, had finished doing ward rounds at the second largest national referral at 10 am and was walking outside the institution with her friends when the assailant hit her from the back. It is believed that the middle-aged man slashed her neck with a knife attracting attention from the nearby motorbike operators who attempted to intervene but faced resistance from the assailant who fished out an axe from a white gunny bag and wielded it in the air amidst screams from the public.

Ivy Wangeci

Eyewitnesses said the man hit the woman on the head with an axe and then cut her neck with a sword.

The attacker is said to have concealed the two weapons in a gunny bag when he gained entry into the hospital.

After the attack he tried fleeing the scene but was apprehended by members of the public.

The man, whose identity has not yet been revealed, was rescued by police from the mob that wanted to lynch him.

He has been admitted to the same hospital for injuries sustained from the mob attack.

It is alleged that the suspect had initially travelled from Thika and parked his vehicle next to the institution main entrance before going to town using a motorcycle where he bought the knife and axe. He then concealed them inside a sack and headed back to MTRH to wait for the student. Police officers seized the Honda Civic vehicle under registration number KCB 836P and drove it to the police station for further investigations. According to sources within the institution, the suspect gave them the key and told them information on the whereabouts of the vehicle.

Police have cordoned off the murder scene as hundreds of people milled around the area.

The motive of the attack has not yet been established.

The sixth-year student was set to graduate in December, according to one of her friends from high school who spoke to the Brakztech.

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