Burial turns ugly after four nephews beat uncle to death over coffin

Four brothers who jointly beat up their uncle following a disagreement over a coffin have been arrested in Kenya.

The four brothers beat their uncle to death after they got provoked by his refusal to destroy a coffin he had made for their father who died on Sunday.

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The 60-year-old man of Kaburetwa village, who was a carpenter, had made the coffin without the consent of his four nephews leading to a deadly confrontation on Thursday evening.

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The coffin in contention. It was later set on fire by the brothers. PHOTO | GERALD BWISA| NATION MEDIA GROUP

The four brothers Gilbert Wafula, 27, Makokha Khaemba, 47, Andrew Nyongesa, 52, and Michael Wamalwa, 17, confronted their uncle asking him to destroy the coffin but he declined.

DailyNation.co.ke reports that according to Saboti Sub-County Assistant Commissioner Elijah Omoyo, the now late victim wanted an early burial for his brother in order to allow for interment of remains of another relative.

“Since there was another burial of one of their relatives, he had recommended that his late brother be buried early but that did not go down well with his nephews,” he told the Nation.

He added that the victim was attacked by his irate nephews who were armed with crude.

“They set the coffin on fire before beating him to death,” he said.

After committing the crime the four disappeared from the scene but were later arrested by police at a nearby farm with the help of members of the public

The body of their late uncle was taken to Kiminini Cottage Hospital Mortuary.

Trans Nzoia police boss Samson Ole Kine says the four will be charged with murder.

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