Murder Suspect Has Been Nabbed by DCI

by Lawyer Wanz

A murder suspect has been arrested by detectives from the directorate of criminal investigation after being on the run for some days. The 34-year-old John Mwangi Githaiga was arrested at the Mathangauta area by detectives based at Njoro Sub-County.

According to the detectives, Githaiga has been on the run after he murdered Mercy Njeri Mbatia on October 13. 

Using a sword, the suspect is said to have slit the throat of the 23-year old who was his wife.

“Mwangi who slit his victim’s throat with a sharp object and later burnt her head, hands and legs to the knee area has been on the run and will be charged accordingly. Recovered sword kept as an exhibit,” the DCI said.

Earlier in the week, another murder suspect who set ablaze his wife following a domestic confrontation was arrested in Kericho as he tried to flee.

Robert Kipkorir Tanui was arrested on Monday night by DCI detectives based in Kericho as he tried to board a matatu to an unknown destination.

Tanui is said to have on October 4 set ablaze his 34-year-old wife Emmy Chepkoech Mitei following a domestic quarrel.

DCI boss George Kinoti on Tuesday said the 50-year-old suspect at Seanin village of Konoin in Bomet County attacked the victim, a deputy headteacher of a local primary school and whom he had separated with for some time forcing her back to her father’s house.

Armed with a container of petrol and a matchbox, the suspect marched into the victim’s house, showered the same on her before setting her ablaze and disappeared after locking the door from the outside,” Kinoti said.

He said neighbours who rushed in response to her screams managed to put out the fire which had extended to the rest of the house, rushing her to the hospital with severe burns which she succumbed to on October 7.

“Acting on intelligence, Kericho detectives who were trailing the suspect after establishing he had a hideout within the county, netted him at Kericho-Kisumu road while boarding a matatu to an unknown destination,” he said.


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