Killers de­file, mur­der girl aged 10, threaten to kill 6 rel­a­tives

Wan­jiru was a stan­dard two pupil at Gacharage Pri­mary School. She was re­ported miss­ing on Wed­nes­day evening as she headed home from school

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALICE WAITHERA @al­ice­wangeci

A gang has mur­dered a stan­dard two girl and threat­ened to kill six of her fam­ily in Kan­dara sub­county, Murang’a county.

Af­ter a five-day search, the body of a 10-year-old Mar­garet Wan­jiru Wan­jiku was found in a 100-foot bore­hole on Sun­day.

The fam­ily found a note near its gate, di­rect­ing them to the bore­hole, 600 me­tres away.

The fam­ily lives in fear as the note said the killers will go for six more rel­a­tives. No rea­son was given.

Wan­jiru was a stan­dard two pupil at Gacharage Pri­mary School and was re­ported miss­ing on Wed­nes­day evening as she headed home from school.

Af­ter re­triev­ing the body, po­lice ar­rested two men from the neigh­bour­hood sus­pected to be mem­bers of a gang that killed the girl.

Res­i­dents said the girl’s in­ner wear was spot­ted in the vil­lage, in­di­cat­ing she may have been defiled be­fore be­ing killed. Kan­dara OCPD Gregory Mutiso said they started look­ing for Wan­jiru soon af­ter her fam­ily re­ported her miss­ing.

“We have in­vited ex­perts to help au­dit the note and find out who may have writ­ten it,” he said.

Mutiso added po­lice are in­ter­ro­gat­ing the two sus­pects. He said they re­ceived as­sis­tance from the county disas­ter man­age­ment team, which re­trieved the body.

“Our of­fi­cers will re­main vig­i­lant and en­sure ev­ery­body in­volved in the crime is ap­pre­hended,” Mutiso said.

He urged par­ents to take care of their chil­dren, re­port sus­pected crim­i­nals and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion that could lead to their ar­rest. Murang’a wo­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sabina Chege vis­ited the fam­ily. She urged the po­lice to act swiftly to stop any fur­ther loss of life.

“This fam­ily needs to know who are be­hind the mur­der and the threats so they can live in peace,” Chege said.

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