A 22-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her lover inside a Kitengela eatery on Friday night in what is suspected to be a case of love gone sour.
The two worked together at the pizza outlet based in Kitengela town.
A police report seen by Nation shows that the suspect, who was on the morning shift on Friday, returned to work at around 8pm and attacked the victim with a knife, leaving her in a pool of blood, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Their colleagues told Nation.Africa that the deceased was ambushed and did not have time to defend herself.
They said the man, 25, kept berating her as he stabbed her in a fit of rage, drawing screams from members of staff and customers.
He was cornered by a mob about 100 metres from the scene of the crime. By the time police officers arrived and rescued him, members of the public had already dragged him to where his lover's body lay.
A bloody murder weapon was found.
The suspect was taken to Kitengela Sub-county Hospital, where he is being treated under a 24-hour police guard.
The woman was said to be the daughter of a senior police officer serving in Kiambu County. Her body was taken to the Kenyatta University mortuary.
The duo are believed to have been in an on and off relationship, although their colleagues, who spoke to Nation.Africa in confidence due to the sensitivity of the matter, said they did not suspect it would end so tragically.
"She seemed to have rejected the man or had an affair. The woman was always cheerful and the man was introverted. It’s so unfortunate," a female colleague said.
Kajiado County police commander Muthuri Mwongela said the suspect would be charged with murder, insisting the killing was premeditated.
"The suspect stabbed the victim all over her body. He will be charged with murder on Monday,” he told Nation.Africa.
Mr Ringera urged young men to learn to accept rejection in relationships to avoid such incidents.
"Young men must learn to accept and move on if a woman rejects them. Killing a woman is not a solution but a sign of weakness," he said.