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Police officer and baby killed in Malindi

26 August 2013, 12:30 Bob Ndwiga

The police have launched investigations into the suspected murders of a policewoman and her two month baby boy in a house at the Majengo Mapya in Malindi town.

Neighbours to the policewoman said to have been on maternity leave, said they woke up in the morning to find the main door to her house ajar and their attempts to talk to her failed.

They realized that despite shouting her name, there was no response from inside the house.

The deceased, Fatma Mohammed Jillo worked in a police station in Western Kenya.

The curious neighbours accessed the house and were shocked to find the lifeless bodies of the policewoman and her two month old baby boy in different sections of the house.

According to the neighbours, police arrived at the scene and started investigations to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

A neighbor James Katana said “We know the police woman as a good neighbour and when we realized that the door to her house was open and it was some hours before anybody came out, we decided to find out and to our shock we found the two dead”.

Katana said the policewoman stayed at her house with a boyfriend who would always arrive in the evening and leave early in the morning.

Katana added that some neighbours last saw the man on Saturday evening and were not aware what could have happened because they did not hear any commotion during the night.

The body of the police officer was covered with a bed cover and lay on the floor of her bedroom, while the baby appeared to have been killed by suffocation because a lesso was still tightly tied to the neck of the lifeless body.

The police initially sealed the scene despite the huge number of members of the public who had turned up to the see the bodies. The scene of crime CID officers under the command of the Malindi District CID Boss John Ndungu took photos of the scene and collected samples to use in the investigations leading to the death of the two.

The bodies of the two were first moved to Malindi District Hospital mortuary as efforts were being made to consult the relatives of the police woman for immediate burial arrangements, given that in Islamic laws the burial was expected to be done before the end of the day.

“We shall try to get her relatives so that at least after post mortem examinations, we can release the bodies to the relatives for a burial in a local cemetery as stipulated under Islamic burial rites” said a police officer on the scene as the team finalized the removal of the bodies from the scene.

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