Did he slit her throat? Man held

Po­lice prob­ing whether the wound in­flicted on the sus­pect’s chest was a ‘gun­shot wound’ or a cover-up

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - Front Page - news­desk@ke.na­tion­media.com BY NA­TION TEAM

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of 28-year-old Mon­ica Nyawira Ki­mani are prob­ing whether a wound on the main sus­pect was as a re­sult of a gun­man’s at­tack or a smoke­screen. The sus­pect, Joseph Kuria Irungu alias Joe

Jowi, was ar­rested on Tues­day morn­ing in his house in Lang’ata, Nairobi. He told po­lice of­fi­cers he was at­tacked by gun­men on Fri­day morn­ing as he dropped his fi­ancée, TV an­chor Jackie Maribe, at her house in Royal Park Es­tate, also in Lang’ata.

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of 28-year-old Mon­ica Nyawira Ki­mani are prob­ing whether the wound in­flicted on the main sus­pect was as a re­sult of a gun­man’s at­tack or just a smoke­screen.

The sus­pect, Mr Joseph Kuria Irungu alias Joe Jowi, was ar­rested on Tues­day morn­ing in his house in Lang'ata, Nairobi. He told po­lice of­fi­cers he was at­tacked by gun­men on Fri­day morn­ing as he dropped his fi­ancée, TV an­chor Jackie Maribe, at her house in Royal Park Es­tate, also in Lang'ata.

Mr Irungu told po­lice that as he was ex­it­ing the es­tate, he en­coun­tered three men who shot him and sped off us­ing a mo­tor­bike. When they left, he said, he re­turned to Ms Maribe’s house, and the two rushed to Nairobi West Hos­pi­tal.

In his state­ment, Mr Irungu said he went to Lang'ata Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment the same evening, and that he was ad­mit­ted till Mon­day morn­ing.

But po­lice ques­tioned why no car­tridge had been re­cov­ered from the scene, why he was not op­er­ated on at all to re­move bul­let shrap­nel from the cal­i­bre wound, and why watch­men of apart­ments and of­fices near the al­leged scene of shoot­ing did not hear a gun­shot or com­mo­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Kil­i­mani OCPD Michael Muchiri con­firmed that a sus­pect had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the killing, but did not re­veal more de­tails, say­ing the mat­ter was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­veal­ing too much in­for­ma­tion would jeop­ar­dise the process.

“The sus­pect is in our cus­tody and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are pur­su­ing the mat­ter. We are do­ing our work,” Mr Muchiri said.

An­other po­lice of­fi­cer fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tions said the sus­pect had re­ported at Lang'ata Po­lice Sta­tion that he had been shot, but said that he would seek treat­ment.

The sus­pect, he said, went ahead to take self­ies of the ‘gun­shot wound’ on his left chest be­low the shoul­ders, and shared them on What­sapp, a sit­u­a­tion he said was strange.

He said a mul­ti­lat­er­a­tion of his phone’s ra­dio sig­nals had been traced to Lu­ciane Apart­ments on Ki­tale Lane off De­nis Pritt Road, where Ms Ki­mani lived, and po­lice believe that he may pro­vide a cru­cial lead to what hap­pened the day the woman was killed.

Ms Ki­mani, who had just ar­rived from South Su­dan where she runs a fam­ily busi­ness, was on Thurs­day morn­ing found dead in the bath­tub of her apart­ment.

Her throat had been slit. In­ves­ti­ga­tions show that the sus­pect and the de­ceased had com­mu­ni­cated for long, and that they even planned to meet at the air­port on her ar­rival.

Neigh­bours had re­ported to the po­lice that on the day of the killing, two men, one dressed in a kanzu, had vis­ited Ms Ki­mani at her apart­ment.

The neigh­bours al­leged that the de­ceased and her vis­i­tors in­ter­acted in a man­ner sug­gest­ing that they knew one an­other, be­cause she picked them from out­side the apart­ment and even in­tro­duced them to her neigh­bours. It is not clear what time the two men left the apart­ment.

Ms Ki­mani's brother Ge­orge Thiru said he dis­cov­ered the body on Thurs­day af­ter he failed to reach her on phone for days.

“When I went to her apart­ment, I knocked at the door but there was no re­sponse, so I de­cided to break the door. I found her in the bath­tub, dead,” Mr Thiru told the Na­tion.

Po­lice of­fi­cers who went to the apart­ment found two used wine glasses and a yel­low shop­ping bag which con­tained the Ethiopian del­i­cacy in­jera. A dress she had or­dered for her birth­day, on Oc­to­ber 10. Her car keys and house keys were miss­ing.

The main sus­pect, who is now at Kil­i­mani Po­lice Sta­tion cells, had dur­ing his mar­riage pro­posal to Ms Maribe iden­ti­fied him­self as a se­cu­rity per­son­nel work­ing in the United Arab Emi­rates. Photos he shared on so­cial me­dia show him hold­ing ri­fles, clad in mil­i­tary gear.

Mon­ica Ki­mani, 28, was found dead in her apart­ment in Kil­i­mani, Nairobi, shortly af­ter she got back from South Su­dan last week. Her brother found her life­less body in a bath­tub. Her throat and palms had been slit.

Joseph Kuria Irungu, the fi­ancée of a lo­cal television jour­nal­ist, was ar­rested yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with the bru­tal mur­der of Ms Ki­mani. He passes him­self off as a pri­vate se­cu­rity con­sul­tant.

Joseph Kuria Irungu, pop­u­larly known as Jowie, who has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Ms Mon­ica Ki­mani.

Mon­ica Ki­mani, 28, was found dead in her apart­ment the same day she ar­rived from South Su­dan.

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