A kibera court orders Suspects linked to the murder of Caroline Wanjiku Maina detained for 10 days

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,26TH FEB,2021-Two suspects linked to the murder of businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina have been detained for 10 days to allow police conclude investigations into the matter.

The two; Edwin Otieno and Samuel Okoth, were presented at Kibera Law Courts where the prosecution sought for more time to detain them.

Police say the additional time will allow for arrest of more suspects and psychiatric examination of the suspects and recording of statements from witnesses who are yet to be traced.

Meanwhile, two other suspects in the case, Stephen Oduor and Mercy Gitiri have been granted police bond.

The matter will be mentioned on March 8, 2021.

They believe the motive was a Ksh.20 million tender that was paid to Wanjiku by a county government in Eastern region. Wanjiku was abducted in Nairobi and brutally murdered before her body was dumped in a thicket in Kajiado.

38-year-old Caroline Wanjiku was abducted in Nairobi on February 12 and brutally murdered before her body was dumped in a thicket in Kajiado. The body was discovered a week after she had gone missing.

A postmortem conducted on the body of Caroline Wanjiku Maina revealed that she died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Investigations suggested that the motive of the killing was a Ksh.20 million tender that was paid to Wanjiku by a county government in Eastern region.

The suspects told police they were partners with the deceased in a construction firm that won a tender to put up a sidewalk in the county and she had been paid the money but failed to honour her promise.

According to a February 13 report at Muthangari Police Station, the deceased’s vehicle—a Toyota Axio– was found abandoned in Kawangware near Gatina Primary School a day after she went missing.

The case was then taken over by DCI Nairobi Area Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) working alongside Dagoretti-based detectives leading to the arrest of the four suspects; Edwin Otieno Odiwuor, Samwel Okoth Adinda, Stevenson Oduor Ouma and Mercy Gitiri Mongo.

On the day she went missing on February 12, Wanjiku is said to have withdrawn Ksh.350,000 from a bank in Nairobi before proceeding to meet one of the suspects at Ngara.

Innocently driving into her death trap, Wanjiku had made a call to a female friend explaining her meeting with the suspect who was to guide her into boosting her Stima Sacco shares with the withdrawn amount.

Investigations reveal once at Ngara, Wanjiku was forced into a black Toyota Crown car in which the suspect was waiting before she was sandwiched by the other suspects and handcuffed.

The suspects told police they expected her to come with more money but were disappointed to learn she had only withdrawn Ksh.350,000.

 

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