Residents of Emurua Dikirr constituency in Narok county are in mourning after a 13-year-old girl killed her mother after slashing her with a panga during an argument over a cell phone.

According to Transmara East sub-county police chief Boniface Kavoo, the suspect grabbed a panga and beat her 55-year-old mother, inflicting serious slashes on her head. She died as a result of her injuries after extensive bleeding.

PHOTO | COURTESY police car

Neighbors who heard the cries from the suspect's farmstead saw the victim writhing in anguish and asking for help, according to Mr Kavoo.

"It's a scenario where her mother wanted to repossess the phone her daughter was using to chat with. It seems the deceased was a strict mother, and she wasn't happy about her girl doing a lot of communication without her knowledge. The suspect used all the means to fight her mother back, which ended in a fatality," added the officer.

PHOTO | COURTESY police line

The juvenile suspect is alleged to have thrown the murder weapon into a pit latrine to hide the evidence, but she eventually admitted to killing her mother because she did not give her some independence.

The deceased's body has been transferred to the Kapkatet Hospital mortuary, while the suspect is being held at the Emurua Dikiir police station.