Married Man Nabbed For Allegedly Killing His Side Chick
Investigators with the Kenya Criminal Investigation Department (DCI) have arrested a 38-year-old married man for brutally killing his girlfriend.
Suspect Evans Karani is accused of killing 25-year-old Catherine Nyokabi in the Viteiti area of Juja, Kiambu District.
Juja sub-district Criminal Investigation Officer (DCIO) Richard Mwaura, who confirmed the incident on Friday, April 16, said the suspect tried to dump Nyokabi’s body on Wednesday, but his efforts were thwarted by the mud.
While carrying Nyokabi’s body in his car, Karani’s car got stuck in the mud on Bob Harris Road in Juja and was forced to flee, leaving the body and the car, DCI said.
Police, who arrived at the scene following a report from a local resident, confirmed the right to own the car from the National Transport and Security Administration’s vehicle registrar.
Consequently, for Karani, a multi-agency team consisting of police, DCI officers, and an officer from the agency’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence (CRIB) was launched
On Friday morning, April 16, investigators followed Karani Githuray to a rented house in the Kimbo area with phone signals and arrested the suspect there.
Officials say Nyokabi’s body was burned using corrosive chemicals.
“She was badly disfigured. Besides the burn injuries, she had bruises on the face and head. It appears she was tortured before being killed,” a detective told The Standard.
Authorities said the suspect confessed to killing Nyokabi, a hotel worker in Kahawa Wendani, following a bitter conflict, which they had been embroiled in for the past two weeks.
Karani, who is married, reportedly told police Nyokabi was his secret lover.
The deceased’s father, Gitonga Njogu, told The Standard that initial reports suggested his daughter, the first born 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. Her future was promising,” 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. That was the last time I heard of the suspect.”
Karani will be arraigned on Monday, April 19, when detectives would seek to detain him longer to allow for investigations to be completed