Detectives Zeroing In On Crucial Leads In The Murder Of Murang’a Teacher.



Murang’a North Sub-County Criminal investigations Officer Japheth Maingi addressing the press during the exercise to collect crucial evidence in the homicide case.

DCI’s Homicide Unit have taken over investigations into the abduction, torture and murder of Kiru Boys High School principal Solomon Mwangi. The elite police unit are said to have taken over from the Murang'a County Directorate of Criminal Investigations on the instructions of Director Ndegwa Muhoro.

The mutilated body of the principal was discovered by a guard dumped in a coffee plantation on Friday. The guard alerted officers at Juja Police Station and the body was moved to City Mortuary. Detectives from the Homicide and the Criminal Investigation department visited the scene where the body of the murdered Murang’a teacher was found and unearthed crucial links.

According to the Murang’a North Sub-County Criminal investigations Officer Japheth Maingi, they have established that his body was ferried to Karuntuma Farm in Witeithie, Juja Sub-County Kiambu County via a vehicle whose tyre marks measurements they have already taken for further investigations.

Maingi said that they have, in their custody, a Toyota vehicle which they suspect was used to ferry the body and have also taken some samples from the vehicle for forensic investigations.   

“Our forensics experts have taken samples from the vehicle to ascertain whether there is connection between the vehicle and the body,” said Maingi adding that they have taken DNA samples from the scene which will be used in their investigations.

His widow Jane Muthoni is being held. Police call her the prime suspect but say other people were involved. Investigators had been working to find out why the wife reported the matter at Kasarani Police Station instead of Gatundu, which is near her residence. They are also trying to find out if a police officer at the Nairobi-based police station is involved in the saga.

A taxi driver whose vehicle is believed to have been used to transport the dead principal to Juja has since been questioned by police who are now looking for a teacher and other people who played part in the killing.

Maingi said that they have arrested the wife who is said to have escorted the husband on the last day before meeting his death.

“According to the report which we were given by his wife, Jane Muthoni Mbuthi, she escorted him to Witeithie stage and left him to go back to school but he never reached there. The court has granted us one week to detain her in custody so that she may not to interfere with our investigations. She will appear at the Murang’a high court on November 21, 2016 to answer to murder charges,” said Maingi. 

The principal is said to have left the school on Sunday 6th November accompanied by his wife in a Toyota vehicle heading to Ichachiri Secondary School in Gatundu where the wife is the principal. It concerned those around him when he went missing though he ought to have gone to collect his school’s  KCSE examination and a report was consequently made to Kiria-ini police station.

“According to what we saw, the body had a string tied to the neck, teeth were knocked out and his hands were tied from behind. Further medical examination will be conducted to ascertain if he was tortured,” he concluded. 
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