Five people were arrested, including a caregiver suspected of murdering a neighbor’s two-year-old boy and hiding his body in an underground water tank at Total estate in Kenya’s Narok Town.
The five people who were in the compound at the time of the occurrence, including two house girls, a watchman, an ICT specialist, and a neighbor, were charged with murder.
However, Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Phyllis Shinyada discharged the watchman, ICT specialist, and neighbor since there was no evidence linking them to the toddler’s murder on Saturday, November 17, 2022.
This came after the DCI, lead by Homicide Investigation Department Director Mr. Martin Nyuguto, named Ms. Pauline Nanjala, a neighbor’s house girl, as the key suspect. She appeared beside Ms. Selinah Sintamei, the housegirl who was caring for the youngster.
The court rejected Senior Counsel from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) Duncan Ondimwa’s request to hold the girls for 21 days while police conducted more investigations and shortened the detention period to 14 days.
The prosecutor for the ODPP also requested that Ms. Sintamei, who was caring for the deceased, be designated as a State witness and placed on a witness protection program.
The primary suspect, Nanjala, had no identity documents, which led the ODPP to question whether the names she gave as her genuine names.
The DCI officers are also trying to connect the suspect to a 2014 incident in Kiambu County, where a “mystery” house assistant fatally murdered her employer before fleeing.
The two will be held in separate police custody, with Sintamei being held in Ololung’a police custody and Nanjala being held in the Narok Police station.
The case will be heard on November 28 of this year.
Conversely, Nyuguto urged members of the public whose relatives was perhaps murdered by people who fled capture to provide information to a local police station.
“We believe that this person is a fugitive serial killer.” “Anyone with a case against her should bring it to any DCI office across the country,” Nyuguto said.