Wife ar­rested in grisly slaying of Kiru Boys School prin­ci­pal

The body was mu­ti­lated, po­lice say he was tor­tured be­fore his mur­der

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

Po­lice in Mu­rang’a have ar­rested the wife of Kiru Boys Se­condary School prin­ci­pal Solomon Mwangi after his mu­ti­lated body was found in a cof­fee es­tate. He went missing on Novem­ber 6. Mwangi’s body was found by a watch­man on Sun­day at Karun­tuma Cof­fee Es­tate in Witei­thie, Ki­ambu county. He had been tor­tured.

Mu­rang’a county com­mis­sioner John Elun­gata said his wife, Jane Muthoni was ar­rested on Sun­day, as the prime sus­pect in the grue­some killing.

Muthoni, who is a prin­ci­pal at Ichachiri Boys High School in Ki­ambu, is held at Mu­rang’a po­lice sta­tion.

The com­mis­sioner said the body had been badly mu­ti­lated. The hands were tied be­hind the back, the face was bruised and some teeth were missing.

“By the look of it, the prin­ci­pal had been stran­gled and had been tor­tured be­fore he was killed,” Elun­gata said.

Po­lice took the body to City Mor­tu­ary in Nairobi. “We pos­i­tively iden­tify the body as the missing prin­ci­pal even though we were hop­ing to find him alive,” Elun­gata said.

He said on Sun­day Novem­ber 6, Muthoni had driven Mwangi from their home near Ichachiri Se­condary School to Witei­thie shop­ping cen­tre.

Elun­gata said that on the pre­vi­ous day the wife had picked Mwangi from Kiru Boys High School in Mathioya us­ing a hired car. “We have con­fis­cated the car, be­cause we sus­pect it may have been used by the sus­pect and oth­ers to carry out the heinous crime,” he said.

Elun­gata said po­lice sus­pect Muthoni was used by unknown peo­ple to take Mwangi to Witei­thie.

He said it is sus­pi­cious Muthoni who lives at Gatundu at­tempted to record a state­ment at Kasarani po­lice sta­tion when her hus­band was missing — with the full knowl­edge that a case had al­ready been opened in Mu­rang’a.

It was said Muthoni was ro­man­ti­cally linked with a CID of­fi­cer at­tached to Kasarani po­lice sta­tion. A prin­ci­pal said Muthoni sus­pected her hus­band was hav­ing an af­fair with a woman op­er­at­ing an M-Pesa shop at Kiri­aini shop­ping cen­tre near his school.

“Peo­ple sus­pected to have par­tic­i­pated in the mur­der, who have been re­peat­edly been men­tioned dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­clud­ing the of­fi­cer, are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” Elun­gata said.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims Mwangi’s daugh­ter was vi­o­lently robbed of her phone by a man a few days after Mwangi went missing. It is al­leged she was in con­tact with a teacher at her fa­ther’s school and the phone may con­tain vi­tal in­for­ma­tion.

Po­lice ap­pealed to the public for in­for­ma­tion about other persons in­volved in the case.

/ ALICE WAITHERA

Mu­rang’a county po­lice com­man­der Naomi Ichami, county com­mis­sioner John Elun­gata and county DCI direc­tor Stephen Chacha dur­ing a press brief­ing in Mu­rang’a town yes­ter­day. Inset, the car sus­pected to have been used in the mur­der of Kiru Boys High School prin­ci­pal Solomon Mwangi

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