A Form Four candidate has shocked many after she committed suicide for allegedly being denied permission to attend a music concert by renowned gospel artiste Ben Githae in Ndumberi town, Kiambu County.
18-year old Mary Njeri was found dangling from a tree shortly after picking a quarrel with her mother on Sunday.
According to the neighbours, Njeri – a Form Four candidate at PCEA Township Githunguri High School – was barred from attending the event where the popular singer was launching a new album, and celebrating 20 years of his music career.
The girl’s mother, Njambi Nduta, however, refuted claims that her daughter took her life over the concert.
According to the mother, Njeri could have committed suicide over a text message or phone call she received.
“I was not even aware that she had a phone. I realised she had one when I heard it ring at the hospital,” she said, adding that she could not understand the message as it was written in short form.
Police have since confiscated the phone for further investigation.
Ms Njambi explained that prior to the incident, she left the 18-year old at home babysitting her sister and promised to come back later in the afternoon.
“On Saturday, we had agreed with her that I would go to a function with a neighbour’s daughter, and leave her to babysit her one-year-old sister. I was to come back by 3pm,” she said.
However, upon returning the mother stated she found her daughter in a gloomy mood.
“I was in the main house and she was in the kitchen lighting a fire. When I asked her to wipe the tables, she started crying for no reason,” she added.
Njeri is then said to have walked out of the house in a rush, only to be later discovered hanging from a tree.
The mother alerted neighbours who assisted in rushing the girl to Githunguri Health Centre where she was pronounced dead on arrival.