A Kenyan man, Stephen Karanja Njomo, has been detained for 21 days to assist police in the investigation into the mysterious d€ath of his friend, Victor Wangai Kiragu
A Kenyan man, Stephen Karanja Njomo, has been detained for 21 days to assist police in the investigation into the mysterious d€ath of his friend, Victor Wangai Kiragu.
It was gathered that Njomo allegedly extorted money from the deceased's family residing overseas for about three weeks without their knowledge.
Njomo at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi on Monday, January 16, was ordered to remain in police custody until February 6, 2023.
According to the investigating officer, Police Constable Benjamin Wangila, the accused is now being investigated for the offence of m¥rdering the deceased, Victor Wangai Kiragu.
Wangila told Magistrate Mercy Thibaru that police believe Mr Njomo may have been involved in the murder of his friend Kiragu.
In a supporting affidavit, PC Wangila told the court that Kiragu was first reported as a missing person by his brother Samuel Chege at Kahawa West.
The magistrate heard the family members began searching for him in various hospitals, prison facilities and mortuaries among other places within the city.
His body was finally traced at the Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary on January 10, 2023 labeled as an unknown African male adult.
The information obtained from KNH indicated that the deceased was taken there as a referral case from St Francis Community Hospital on December 1, 2022 and was admitted there for specialized treatment until he succumbed on December 9, 2022.
The family of the deceased went back to Kahawa West to report the discovery of their relative’s body at the KNH morgue and they were then referred to DCI Kasarani for investigations.