Is he likely to kill you? Signs you are in a relationship with a murderer

Long before you go out on a date or during a date, there will be signs that the person you are with is an abuser.

Long before you go out on a date or during a date, there will be signs that the person you are with is an abuser.

What you need to know:

  • Although it might be hard to tell that the man you love, your ex-husband, or your former boyfriend is planning to kill you, there are certain red flags and personality traits that indicate your life might be in danger.
  • 30,000 women were intentionally killed in 2017 by their current or former partners. 50,000 women were killed by intimate partners or family members in the same year. 19,000 of these were killed in Africa.
  • When faced with mobile sexual harassment, most women in Kenya fear that the authorities will not take them seriously should they report.

In November 2019, Major Peter Mugure led detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Military Police to an abandoned compound in Nanyuki. At the compound, Major Mugure pointed at a shallow grave where the bodies of Joyce Syombua (his estranged lover), Shanice Maua(daughter), and Prince Michael (son) were buried. 36-year-old Major Mugure was the main suspect in their brutal murder. Joyce and the two children had been reported missing on October 27 after spending two days at Major Mugure’s home at the Laikipia Airbase, Nanyuki, where they were murdered. Fast forward to October 2021. On the morning of Wednesday 13, October 2021, Agnes Tirop was found dead at her home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County. A postmortem examination by two pathologists at the Iten County Referral Hospital (ICRH) mortuary revealed that Tirop’s life was ended by a stab in the neck. She had also been hit on the head with a blunt object. Her husband Ibrahim Rotich was arrested in connection with the murder. Two years apart, these brutal murders are only a small fraction of the many instances of murder within relationships and marriages.

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