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Kenya: Man hacks wife to death, hangs self in Kapkatet village

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A 38-year-old man in Nandi County on Sunday night hacked his wife to death using a panga before hanging himself following a domestic quarrel.



The man from Kapkatet village had separated with the woman who had gone to live at her uncle’s home near Ndalat three kilometers away.

The man waylaid the woman near Ndalat and hacked her several times and fled.

He was later found hanging on a tree at his parent’s home.

The woman identified as Ednah Kurgat, was a mother of three children and was living with her uncle Philip Songok, an Assistant Chief.

Residents said the two had separated last year after a domestic quarrel and efforts to reconcile them failed.

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Emily Sawe, the woman’s aunt, witnessed the incident and narrated to the Star how she pleaded with the man to spare her niece.

Sawe said the man did not hear her pleas and turned hostile.

“She slashed her several times on the head and other parts of the body,” Sawe said.

The man later jumped over the fence and disappeared into the bush after the attack

Police who were called to the scene after the incident found a jacket, a mobile phone, and a bottle of Vodka left behind by the man.

Area MP Vincent Tuwei and deputy county commissioner Sammy Makhanu visited the scene and condemned the attack.

“We have had a high number of domestic violence incidents in this area because of high consumption of alcohol and drugs among couples,” Makhanu said.

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Tuwei asked residents especially couples to involve elders and church leaders in solving their domestic disagreements.

Makhanu said they would step up the fight against alcohol and drug abuse in the area which has also witnessed high levels of crime

“Killing or violence is not a solution. We should use alternative ways of solving domestic issues like involving elders or church leaders,” Tuwei said.

He said the youth were most affected by the use of drugs and alcohol and many of them also engaged in crime and such violence to resolve issues.

The two bodies were taken by police to a private mortuary at Kapkaren in Uasin Gishu county.

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Brazilian police sniper gun down Rio bus hacker

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Reuters – Brazilian security forces in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday shot dead a man who hijacked a bus on a bridge across Guanabara Bay and took 37 people hostage, in a dramatic end to an incident that underlined the city’s daily grind of violence.

The hijacking began around 5 a.m. local time when a masked man commandeered a commuter bus on the bridge connecting Rio with the city of Niteroi. The man took 37 people in the bus hostage before freeing six of them, officials said.

About four hours later, the hostage-taker walked out of the bus, flung a backpack toward police and then fell to the ground as he tried to reenter the vehicle, TV images showed. Police officials said he was shot by a police sniper. They did not provide other details on the hostage-taker.

All hostages emerged from the bus unharmed.

“Congratulations to the Rio de Janeiro police for the successful action that ended the bus hijacking on the Rio-Niteroi bridge this morning,” President Jair Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter. “The criminal was neutralized and no hostage was injured. Today, no family-member of an innocent person will be in tears.”

Bolsonaro, a far-right former federal congressman who represented the state of Rio de Janeiro for nearly three decades, has long advocated that police take a tougher line in the face of years of rising crime. In 2015, he said Brazil’s military police should “kill more people.” Since taking office in January, he has sought to broaden access to guns and pushed measures to protect police if they kill on the job.

Although the number of murders in Rio has fallen sharply in recent months, the city’s police have killed 15% more people so far this year compared to the same period in 2018. A total of 881 people, or nearly five per day, died at the hands of police between January and June, putting it on track to be the highest number since records began in 2003.

This week’s bus hijacking also highlighted a grim reality of life in Rio, where many use specialized apps to safely navigate their way past daily gun battles between police, drug gangs, and vigilante militias comprised of current and former cops.

Local media reported the unidentified hijacker was armed with a plastic gun but there was no official confirmation. Hans Moreno, a passenger on the bus, told Globo News the hijacker had a pistol and a knife, and never explained to passengers the reasons for his actions.

As the hijacking ended, Rio’s Governor Wilson Witzel arrived by helicopter and bounded across the bridge to hug police involved in killing the hijacker.

Witzel, a close ally of Bolsonaro who also took office in January, says police should kill anyone with a rifle, and has ordered snipers to fire on suspects from helicopters.

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In an interview with journalists at the scene, Witzel celebrated the outcome but lamented the death of the hijacker.

“We don’t want anyone to die, but … the police will act rigorously and will not be lenient with those who endanger other people’s lives,” he said, while also defending his previous arguments in favor of police shooting anyone with a rifle.

“Some people do not always understand that police work sometimes has to be this way. If they had not shot this criminal, many lives would not have been spared,” he said.

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Outcry as Jeffrey Epstein found dead in jail, FBI investigates

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US financier Jeffrey Epstein, awaiting trial on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex, was found dead in jail Saturday of an apparent suicide, triggering outcry over how the high-profile detainee could die in custody.

The government and FBI immediately launched probes as politicians, law enforcement officials and alleged victims expressed shock that Epstein could take his own life, when a recent reported suicide attempt meant he should have been under close watch.

Epstein, a convicted pedophile who befriended numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 am (1030 GMT) at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York from “an apparent suicide,” the US Department of Justice said.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

AFP A vehicle from the New York medical examiner’s office is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on August 10, 2019

US Attorney General Bill Barr said he was “appalled” and instructed the Justice Department’s inspector general to probe the circumstances.

“Mr Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said.

The FBI is also investigating, the Justice Department said.

The New York Times and other media reported Epstein hanged himself. The city medical examiner’s office did not confirm the cause of death.

On July 23, the 66-year-old was found unconscious with marks on his neck. He was put on suicide watch for six days before being returned to his cell in a high-security part of the jail, the New York Times reported.

His death came one day after a New York court released a tranche of sealed legal documents, providing new details about what prosecutors allege was Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation.

Epstein last appeared in court on July 31 when a judge told him that his trial wouldn’t begin before next June.

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US Attorney General William Barr, shown in this file photo, said Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide “raises serious questions that must be answered”

The wealthy hedge fund manager had been charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

Epstein, who denied the charges, had faced up to 45 years in prison — effectively the rest of his life — if convicted.

The Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal facility in Manhattan that often houses suspects awaiting or during trial, is considered one of the most secure penal establishments in the US.

Infamous Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman spent more than two years there as an inmate.

“We need answers. Lots of them,” tweeted New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who heads the Senate’s judiciary oversight committee, said the government had failed Epstein’s alleged victims “yet again.”

The two thousand pages of previously sealed court documents released Friday focused on testimony by a woman who claimed she was Epstein’s “sex slave.”

This photo from July 15, 2019 shows the exterior of Jeffrey Epstein’s home in New York’s Upper East Side neighborhood

Virginia Giuffre, now an adult, claimed she was forced to have sex with well-known American political and business personalities. They have all denied the allegations.

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Prosecutors said Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.

They claimed that Epstein was “well aware that many of the victims were minors.”

The young women were paid hundreds of dollars in cash to massage him, perform sexual acts and to recruit other girls, prosecutors alleged.

Epstein allegedly had an army of recruiters, often not much older than their targets, who would approach vulnerable teens.

Epstein is also accused of paying off possible co-conspirators to “influence” them, US media have reported.

Epstein, whose friends included President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, was convicted previously of paying young girls for sexual massages at his Palm Beach mansion.

They have all denied knowing anything about his alleged crimes.

Trump on Saturday retweeted a conspiracy theory alleging, without evidence, that Clinton may be connected with Epstein’s death.

Epstein avoided federal prosecution when facing the charges in Florida a decade ago.

Under a secret plea deal negotiated by former US labor secretary Alex Acosta, at that time a federal prosecutor in Florida, Epstein admitted to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor and registered as a sex offender.

He served 13 months in a county jail before being released. Acosta resigned last month amid a backlash over the deal.

One of Epstein’s alleged victims said she’ll “never have a sense of closure” because he will never be convicted, according to a message shared by the woman’s attorney, Lisa Bloom.

“You stole from us the huge piece of healing that we needed to move on with our lives,” the woman said.

But Manhattan federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said that while Epstein’s apparent suicide was a “yet another hurdle” in delivering justice to his alleged victims, the court case — which included a conspiracy charge — would continue to play out.

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