Authorities accuse the suspect, Evans Karani of murdering 25-year-old Catherine Nyokabi in Witeithie area, Juja in Kiambu County.
Juja Sub-County Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO), Richard Mwaura confirmed the incident on Friday, April 16, 2021. He said the suspect attempted to discard Nyokabi’s body on Wednesday but since the road was muddy, he didn’t succeed.
Karani’s vehicle got stuck in the mud on Bob Harris road in Juja. He was apparently trying to go and discard her body. This forced him to flee, leaving the body and car behind, the DCI said.
Police, who arrived at the scene following a report by locals, verified the car ownership from the National Transport and Safety Authority’s Registrar of Motor Vehicles.
A hunt for Karani was, consequently, launched by a multi-agency team. This comprised of police, DCI officers and the agency’s Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) officer
On Friday morning, April 16, detectives, via phone signal, tracked down Karani to his rented house in Githurai Kimbo area, where they arrested the suspect.
The authorities said Karani burnt Nyokabi’s body using a corrosive chemical, possibly acid.
“She was badly disfigured. Besides the burn injuries, she had bruises on the face and head. It appears he tortured before killing her,” a detective told The Standard.
Authorities said the suspect confessed to killing Nyokabi, a hotel worker in Kahawa Wendani. This came following a bitter conflict, which they had for the past two weeks.
Karani, is apparently a married man, and that Nyokabi was his secret lover.
The deceased’s father, Gitonga Njogu, told The Standard that initial reports suggested his daughter, the firstborn in a family of four children, died in a road accident.
“On Facebook, certain people were claiming my child was killed in a car crash in Juja. However, when we got to see her body at the City Mortuary, we were shocked. The visible injuries clearly indicated Nyokabi’s cause of death was not a road accident as had been alleged,” said Njogu.
“My girl (Nyokabi) was hard-working, cheerful and very loving…” said Njogu while attempting to balance a tear in his eyes.
The old man said Nyokabi had, in the past, introduced Karani to him as her suitor.
“I knew them to be lovers. Just like in any other relationship, they had differences, which I would help them iron out. Two weeks ago, my daughter said she and Karani had broken up. I told her, it was okay; she shouldn’t cling onto a relationship in which she was unhappy.”
Authorities will arraign in court on Monday, April 19. Detectives are still holding him to allow them complete investigations.
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