I read this story in The National this morning with tears in my eyes. It is a sad, but true story of the difficulties many families in
A DISPUTE between father and son over payment of school fees ended tragically when the father stabbed his son to death at Koli village in Ialibu,
Ialibu police identified the deceased as 17-year-old James Lapua, a Grade 12 student at the
Police said the father had sold a pig for K1, 300 last weekend.
Police believed the pig belonged to the son but was raised by the father.
As the son prepared to go to school that fateful morning, he asked his dad for part of the money for school fees from the sale of the pig.
Police said the father refused and an argument started during which the father went to his room, grabbed a knife and stabbed his son in the chest.
Police said Lapua died instantly.
An autopsy carried out at Ialibu hospital hours later confirmed that the knife had pierced the youngster’s heart, causing his instant death.
The father had fled the scene and is hiding in the bush.
Police criminal investigation division (CID) officers are investigating the incident.
Jacob Iki, chairman of the
Mr Iki, who is also Ialibu town mayor, described the killing as “senseless and barbaric”.
Mr Iki said Lapua was an outstanding student with a bright future.
He described Lapua as a well-behaved young man and a regular church-goer who was well liked by everyone in the community.
All classes at Ialibu Secondary were suspended yesterday in respect of young Lapua.