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Family of a murdered granny accused police of shielding suspects

02 March 2016, 17:47 Babake Manuel

Laikipia East - The family of an 85-year-old woman, whose body was found dumped in a maize plantation at Wiyumererie trading centre in Laikipia East have accused police of failing to arrest three men who allegedly murdered her.

According to a relative Mr James Njuguna his aunt, Mrs Zipporah Wanjohi went missing on Friday last week and her body was found on Sunday dumped at a neighbor’s maize plantation with some of her body parts missing.

“It was her 7-year-old grandchild who informed us that her grandmother did not came back home on Friday. We embark on a search and two days later we found her badly mutilated body dumped in a maize plantation,” said Mr Njuguna while adding that the deceased appeared to have been raped before being murdered.

Njuguna said that police have taken so long to arrest the three suspects who allegedly murdered her.

“We are wondering why police are taking so long to arrest the three suspects yet we have presented their names to Makutano police station. We are suspecting a hidden motive because it’s like they are shielding the three,” he noted.

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He also questioned why they were not using a mobile phone that was stolen from the deceased to trace the suspects.

“What we want to see is the three suspects arrested because we are sure that they were the one who killed her.

We are worried because we don’t know what their next move is,” he added.

However, police at Makutano police station where the incident was reported have denied the allegations and accused the family of impatience and pushing police to bend investigation rules.

“We can’t keep on updating the family members on the status of investigations as that could jeopardize the probe,” said the investigating officer at the station.

He added that the family was averting the investigations since they have also blocked police officers from conducting a postmortem on the body of the deceased which is lying at The Nyahururu district hospital Mortuary.

“The family members have even denied us to conduct postmortem examination on the deceased’s body and this is making it hard for us to conduct a comprehensive investigations,” said the officer adding that no one has recorded statement with them.

He however confirmed that the deceased’s body was badly mutilated but preliminary investigations shows no signs of murder.

“Though there are no signs that she was murdered her body was badly mutilated and we are suspecting that it could have been fed off by dogs but we have launched investigations to ascertain what could have killed her,” added the officer.

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