/Police hold woman, her three children over murder of their father

Police hold woman, her three children over murder of their father

Police in Nakuru County are holding a 49-year-old woman and her three children who were arrested following the mysterious death of their 59-year-old father on Tuesday last week.

Detectives said they believe the deceased’s wife and her two sons and a daughter whose ages range between 23 and 28 will help them unravel the murder.

In a statement by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Sunday, Charles Thairu Kinyanjui was murdered on September 8, with his eldest son Sospeter Kinjanjui as the prime suspect.

“Following the murder of the late Mr. Charles Thairu Kinyanjui on 8th Sept 2020 at Barnabas area in Nakuru where three suspects; his wife, son and daughter have been in custody, the prime suspect 28-yr-old Sospeter Kinyanjui who is the deceased’s eldest son & who has been on the run since the heinous act yesterday surrendered himself to detectives, with several exhibits being recovered from his hideout,” read the statement.

Police said they found inconsistencies in the circumstances surrounding the death.

“The arrest of the nuclear family members was effected after detectives found inconsistencies in the circumstances surrounding the murder, where the deceased was found in a pool of blood in his car parked outside the gate to his home, yet there were blood stains in one of the bedrooms which someone had attempted to clean,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The deceased is said to have been found unconscious in his car in a pool of blood just outside his home. Inside the house, detectives said they found blood stains in one of the bedrooms.

The wife and two of the children said they found their father unconscious and rushed him to Mediheal Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The family members (mother and two children) were arrested but the eldest son is said to have disappeared. Upon his capture and interrogations, police found the suspected murder weapons.

Police have incarcerated the family as they wait to prosecute them.

Sospeter is said to have led detectives to Bahati where weapons suspected to have been used in the killing and partly burnt bloodstained clothes were recovered.

“Upon his surrender and interrogations, detectives proceeded to Ndimu Ndege area within Bahati sub-county in Nakuru where the suspect disposed the murder weapons and burned his bloodstained clothes.”

Also recovered during the operation were two metal rods, a bloodstained iron file, several syringes, and a cash savings tin.

The prime suspect was booked in cells as further investigations continue.


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Lynn is a News Writer and Contributor for Kenya Peoples Assembly News (KPA - News, and The Africa Media Group LLC (T-AMG). Lynn covers Kenyan News, from politics, to court issues, life stories, arts and entertainment, investigations, health, outdoors and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Journalism from MOI University. When she's not busy writing or editing, she enjoys travelling, socializing, singing and lounging on the couch watching the latest Netflix documentary.