'He had tried committing suicide before' Niece to Likoni Ferry victim reveals
Carol Paul, niece to the late John Mutinda said the family was convinced that Mutinda’s decision to die in the ocean was prompted by marital turmoils.
“If only my uncle had a peaceful marriage, he would be alive today,” Carol mourned.
She claimed the uncle had attempted to commit suicide before.
“My uncle almost committed suicide over domestic disagreements but was rescued by a neighbour,” Carol said.
Widow to the late said John Mutinda sped to his death in Likoni Channel last weekend after receiving a call from his dead father.
Ruth Mueni told journalists that her husband had dreamt that his father called from the grave instructing him to meet him in Mombasa’s central business district.
Her mother in-law however refuted the claims stating that her son died out of depression over constant abuse by his wife.
The mother said her son had been recovering from severe burns after his wife allegedly scalded him with water last month.
Mueni pleaded with the media to leave her alone to mourn the father of her three children.
She maintained that her husband hurriedly left their home after the strange dream only to plunge into the Indian Ocean moments later.
Mutinda arrived at the Likoni Channel at 4.20am on Saturday from Kwale side headed to Mombasa island, according to the Kenya Ferry Services.
He ignored the order to stop and sped past the ticketing booth and plunged into the ocean.
His wife arrived at the scene after learning of the incident and broke down, the ferry management was quoted saying.
The body was pulled out of the channel at 8.40am by the KFS and the Kenya Navy personnel.
The vehicle was retrieved at noon. It had plunged six metres below the surface, KFS managing director Bakari Gowa said.