John Mutinda, the man who died after he drove into Indian Ocean On Saturday, December 7 was a victim of domestic violence, the family now claims.
According to the family, the man’s suicidal action were a culmination of years of abuse by the wife.
In an interview with Nation Tuesday, December 10, the victim’s mother Musangi Mutinda, accused her son’s wife of misrepresenting issues and being economical with the truth.
Musangi claimed her son had been recovering from severe burns inflicted when his wife allegedly scalded him with hot water in November.
“My son died out of depression and despair because of the domestic violence and marital anguish he endured at home.
“It is, therefore, wrong for his wife to insinuate he had gone mad,” said Musangi.
On Saturday, the man stormed out of his house in Vanga Estate, Mombasa, at around 4 am, got into his vehicle, sped off towards the Likoni crossing, and drove into the ocean.
However, the wife of the deceased Ruth Mueni admitted they had marital issues but asked the media to let her mourn her husband in peace.
In an earlier account Mueni said her husband dashed out of the house after a strange dream in which he claimed he had been summoned by his late father.
According to the Kenya Ferry Services, Mutinda, 46, drove straight into the sea at around 4.20 am without paying for the ticket.
Soon after the incident, officers from the Kenya Navy, Kenya Ferry Service and Kenya Coast Guard swung into action and retrieved the body at 9 am
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