An 18-year-old school dropout on Friday killed his girlfriend aged 17 and mutilated her body before committing suicide.
The man severed his victim’s head, sliced off her breasts and slit open her abdomen in the attack in Muchekeza village.
He is believed to have killed Mercy Chebere for breaking off the relationship.
Muchekeza Assistant Chief Joseph, who was among the first people to arrive at the murder scene, said the suspect, Ishmael, committed the crime around midnight on Friday.
He then fled and hanged himself in a thicket about three kilometres from the scene.
“The suspect lured the girl out of her mother’s house at 10pm,” said Mr Joseph.
The assistant chief said the murder must have been premeditated and swift because the girl’s mother, a single parent who works on tea farms in the area, did not hear any commotion as her daughter was killed a few metres from the house.
“It wasn’t until 6am on Saturday morning that the girl’s mother, who was on her way to collect milk for breakfast from a neighbour, stumbled on her daughter’s body and raised the alarm,” he said.
An ensuing search for the suspect revealed his body dangling from a tree.
“We have no doubt that the boy is the killer because he had confessed to one of his friends that he had killed the girl before picking a rope and disappearing to hang himself,”
The suspect had is believed to have earlier attempted to commit suicide after his mother refused to sell a portion of the family land so he could buy himself a bicycle.