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Inmate confesses to killing teen over love triangle

26 August 2013, 17:02 Wangui Joseph

Kieni - A woman accused of murdering a form three student five years ago over a love triangle and burying her body in her house has been arraigned in a Nyeri court to face murder charges.

Grace Wanjiru Gathumbi appeared before Resident Magistrate John Aringo alongside other three suspects; her sister and nephews also accused to have been involved in the murder.

Wanjiru who had just completed a five-year-jail term over the kidnap and abduction of Rosaline Wangechi Ndaika, deceased, confessed in her last days in prison that she killed the teenager.

She is said to have hacked the 17-year-old girl with an axe after suspecting her of having an affair with her husband.

The confession came after she assaulted her fellow inmate at King’ong’o GK prison and was threatening that she would kill her as she did the deceased, whom her whereabouts had remained unknown.

She confessed to hitting the deceased with an axe on the forehead and burying the body inside her house and later cemented it.

Wanjiru’s sentiments while bragging on how bad she is, made the earlier charges take a new direction as the prison authorities took it seriously, prompting fresh investigations into the matter.

Initially, the court heard that Wanjiru was the last person to be seen with the deceased and therefore believed to have information about her.

The accused was arrested by police at the prison’s gate after completing the imprisonment term and was taken to the house she said to have buried the body and identified the site. Exhumation exercise begun and the remains were found in a sack on August 22, 2013.

However, the accused alongside Margaret Njeri Gathumbi, Lydia Wacheke and Jackson Kahuthu Wachuka are now facing murder charges.

They are charged that on September 3, 2008 at Narumoru, Kieni constituency they murdered and buried Rosaline Wangechi Ndaika.

The magistrate directed that the accused persons to remain in custody for a medical check up by a psychiatrist and their finger prints be taken as it was requested by the case Investigating Officer, Julius Emase.

The case will be mentioned on September 3, 2013.

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