The terrible outcome of a disturbing personal argument between lovers led to Mercy Momanyi, 20, receiving burn treatment at a hospital in Kisii County.
The incident took place at their house in Mosocho, Kitutu Chache South, on Wednesday, August 22, 2023.
Ms. Momanyi and Mr. Sheldon Ombongi Okerosi had been dating each other virtually for two years.
Before they went to see his parents in Kisii County, Mr. Okerosi, who had just returned to Kenya from the United States of America (USA), stopped by the house they shared in Syokimau Estate.
According to Nairobi News, Mr. Okerosi continued to pay the lover’s rent and other expenses after he went for the USA.
They then decided to travel to Kisii County to see Mr. Okerosi’s folks. She had no idea that they would occasionally disagree, leaving her to care for burn victims at a hospital in Kisii County.
When Ms Momanyi discovered provocative text messages on Mr. Okerosi’s phone, revealing his interaction with other women, what had appeared to be a happy relationship took a nasty turn.
On a Wednesday afternoon, she approached him about the texts in an effort to save their relationship, which resulted in a contentious dispute.
Mr. Okerosi started to act physically violently throughout the altercation, which caused Ms. Momanyi to become hurt.
Fearing the repercussions of his behavior, he imprisoned the battered Ms Momanyi in their bedroom so she couldn’t tell his mother, Ms Peninah Atemba, about what had happened.
Ms. Momanyi was locked in the room until 6 o’clock, when she persuaded Mr. Okerosi to unlock it by expressing her gratitude and her willingness to carry on their relationship.
However, when she began talking to Ms Atemba in the kitchen, Mr Okerosi grew suspicious that she might reveal what had transpired.
In a fit of rage, Mr Okerosi grabbed a pot of boiling water from the gas stove and poured it on Ms Momanyi.
“He was furious as he questioned my motives and why I had decided to go ahead and tell his mother what he had done. He then reached out for hot water which was boiling on a gas and poured it on me,” she said.
If Ms. Atemba hadn’t been right there in front of her, her burns might have been more worse.
Mr. Okerosi, who Nyambaria Boys High School students in Nyamira County have described as being very humble, was unfazed by his violent behavior. He took Ms. Momanyi out of the kitchen and started his physical assault, repeatedly pounding her head against the floor.
“He was busy hitting my head on the floor and as I wailed for help, his sisters rushed to the scene and started calling for help. That is when he let me go,” she said.
Ms. Momanyi and Ms. Atemba were both brought by neighbors to Bosongo Hospital, where they were admitted for medical care.
While at the hospital, Ms. Momanyi told her mother, Ms. Cynthia Moraa, about the incident.
Ms Moraa, who resides in Kisii County’s Nyanchwa Area, then got in touch with Ms Brilliant Momanyi, Ms Momanyi’s eldest sister, and begged her to come back home right away.
Surprisingly, Ms. Brilliant didn’t report the incident to authorities until four days had passed. She did so at the Mosocho authorities Station.
The case is listed in the Occurrence Book (OB) with the number 9/27/8/2023. Throughout this period, the suspect had not been located and had stopped communicating with the victim.
According to medical staff at the hospital, Ms. Momanyi had burns covering 10% of her body.
her health is gradually improving.
The family is now seeking financial assistance to cover the high medical bills and seeking justice for the victim.