Shock engulfed Huruma Estate in Njoro, Nakuru County, on Thursday after a 37-year-old man stabbed his girlfriend to death before surrendering to the police.
Njoro sub-county police commander Jonathan Kisaka, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect, identified as Joseph Kipkurui, is a pharmacist at Egerton University.
"The suspect, Joseph Kipkurui, allegedly stabbed Ms Purity Mumbi, 22, five times with a kitchen knife at his house in Njoro town, before he surrendered himself to the Njoro police station on Thursday and confessed that he had killed her," Mr Kisaka told the Nation.
According to Mr Kisaka, the police accompanied him to their rented house in Huruma Estate where they found Mumbi lying in a pool of blood.
Police officers who collected the body said it had fresh knife injuries on the stomach, neck and hands.
A neighbour, Joseph Maina, told the Nation that he heard the two quarrel on Thursday morning, but did not know what transpired later.
The suspect confessed to police that he fatally stabbed the woman in the stomach following a disagreement.
"They had a quarrel early in the morning of the new year’s eve, but I did not hear any commotion from the house," said Mr Maina.
The police chief said the suspect will be charged in court on Monday after undergoing a psychiatric test at the Gilgil Hospital.
The body was taken to Egerton University mortuary.