What you need to know:
- The late was a bachelor living alone at the time of his death
- He had not displayed any signs of discomfort in his life which could have led him to consider suicide
- A spent cartridge and a G3 rifle were found next to the body
Security officers are investigating circumstances leading to the death of a prison constable attached to Kitale Medium Prison, which occurred Thursday morning.
Trans Nzoia County Criminal Investigations Officer (CCIO) Francis Kihara said the body of 25-year-old Constable Elias Kipchumba Too was found in his house at Lessos area lying in a pool of blood on his bed.
Mr Kihara said preliminary investigations pointed to possible suicide.
“Mr Julius Kaliakamur, in charge of the prison, received a distress call at about 6:45am Thursday from one of his officers informing him that Constable Too had died by suicide,” said Mr Kihara.
Police officers, led by a scenes of crime officer, rushed to the place, Mr Kihara said.
“On right side of the body was a G3 rifle Serial No. 95070654 with a magazine on it,” added Mr Kihara.
A total of 19 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered, with one spent cartridge.
The criminal investigations boss further noted that preliminary inspections on the body revealed a gunshot wound on the deceased’s left side of the head.
“No suicide note was found at the scene,” said Mr Kihara.
The body was moved to Cherang’any Nursing Home morgue for postmortem.
According to County Prisons Commander Mr Emmanuel Odhiambo, the late Too was supposed to be on night shift duty at Kitale Medium Prison on Wednesday.
“According to official reports I have received, he left the station without informing his colleagues where he was going. His long absence from work prompted the colleagues to inform their immediate boss,” stated Mr Odhiambo.
“The colleagues went to Too’s house where they found his lifeless body and alerted the officer in-charge of the station,” he added.
Mr Odhiambo described the late as a quiet young man who had not displayed any signs of discomfort in his life which could have led to him to consider committing suicide.
According to the county prisons boss, Too was a bachelor who stayed alone at time of his death.