Police have arrested a20-year-old man in connection with grisly murder of an 83-year-old granny in Kagunduini village in Murang’a county.
The suspect was arrested in Waithaka, Dagoretti, Nairobi county as police employed mordern forensic technology to track down the suspect.
The sleuths recovered the electric cooker stolen from the deceased in the suspect’s hideout while the television set was recovered from a second suspect identified as Wilkister Awuor, who admitted to have bought it from the suspect at Sh5,000.
Similarly, the deceased’s phone was also recovered from a third suspect identified as Mercy Kadenge, who bought it from the suspect at Sh600.
The henious murder was committed on October 4 this year in a incident that left the village traumatised.
So far, four suspects have been rounded up in connection with the senseless murder and locked up at Kandara police station as detectives finalize their investigations.
In the incident that shocked residents, Pauline Wanjiku’s motionless body was found sprawled on her sofa by concerned villagers who broke into her house after she failed to respond to their endless calls.
Earlier at about 6pm, a neighbour identified as Alice Wanjiku, who had not seen her for a while, had walked into the compound to check on her.
However, she noticed that the kitchen door had been left ajar while the door leading to the living room was locked from outside.
Alice checked her backyard and when she couldn’t find her, she gathered a few neighbours and they broke into the main house.
They were shocked to find the old lady lying lifeless on her sofa with her hands tied together on her back, a headscarf hanging loosely on her frail neck and blood oozing from her mouth.
Immediately, the neighbours alerted police officers based at Kabati police station who rushed to the scene.
The officers established that the house had been ransacked and a 32-inch television, electric jiko and mobile phone all belonging to the deceased were missing.
All that was left behind was a kiondo (basket) containing the deceased’s foodstuff, which she had bought the previous evening at the local shopping centre 300 metres away, for her evening meal.
Detectives based at the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau took over the investigations that have led to the arrest of the suspects.