Police to detain four suspects linked to murder of Nyahururu teacher


Four people linked to the murder of a Nyahururu teacher were Tuesday arraigned in court.

Nyahururu Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa however allowed detectives to continue holding the four, for 14 more days, until DNA analyses are done on remains suspected to be those of Miriam Wanjiru, that were recovered in a well over the weekend.

Appearing before the court was Wanjiru’s husband Peter Kanyi, his co-accused Antony Mutahi and two other women believed to be linked to her disappearance since December 17, last year.

The decomposing body of Ms Wanjiru, an English and Literature teacher at Bishop Louis Secondary School in Nyahururu town, was found dumped along with that of an unidentified teenager at Igwamiti village on the outskirts of Nyahururu town on Friday last week.

The second bodies were badly mutilated while the head was missing from the recovered body parts of Ms Wanjiru.

“The bodies that were recovered from the water well was badly disfigured and it must be subjected to DNA analysis to confirm that it is that of Ms Wanjiru,” the court was told.

The four had earlier been charged with abduction and kidnapping of Ms Wanjiru.

“Scenes of crime experts have extracted samples from the body for DNA profiling. Once we confirm that the body that was recovered from the water well is that of Ms Wanjiru the suspects will face murder charges,” the court heard.

Upon arrest, the prime suspect Antony Mutahi, 29, led detectives to the 90 feet water well where the two bodies were found.

Detectives later arrested other seven people suspected to have played part in the murder and relocation of the body of Ms Wanjiru from the scene of murder to the dumping site, among them Ms Wanjiru’s husband, Peter Kanyi.

Also on the list is a taxi driver who reportedly transported the body to the scene and a woman caught on CCTV withdrawing money from an ATM using Ms. Wanjiru’s card.

Investigations have established that before Ms Wanjiru’s disappearance last year, Kanyi who had separated with the deceased had called her informing her that he had taken poison and had been admitted at the Nyahururu County Referral hospital.

She would later disappear on her way back after failing locate Kanyi at the hospital.

Investigations have revealed that Kanyi was neither admitted nor treated at the said hospital.

KNA has established that following the couple’s separation, the deceased had sold a matatu that belonged to her, and which her estranged husband used to operate, rendering him jobless.

Further investigations also revealed that the main suspect had withdrawn Sh120, 000 from the deceased’s Equity bank account in Nyahururu town, using her ATM card.

The case will be mentioned on February 14, 2022.

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