The nine-year-old daughter of Githongo Law Courts Senior Resident Magistrate Carol Kemei whose body was recovered on Monday was tortured and killed by her kidnappers shortly after demanding a ransom for her release.
The decomposing body of the class four pupil was spotted on Saturday evening by locals visiting a giant Meru Oak; a popular tourist attraction in Imenti forest, about three kilometres from Meru town.
A security officer who saw the body before it was removed from the scene revealed that it had cuts on the thighs and one arm appeared to have been burnt with acid.
“The body was lying face down and a part of the head had no hair. One arm appeared to have been burnt,” the officer who sought anonymity said.
Police records indicate she was in school uniform at the time of the murder.
The girl went missing on September 6, 2018 at around 5pm after she was dropped by the school bus.
According to preliminary reports given to the police, the girl was picked by a man known to her near Total Petrol Station along the Meru town-Makutano road.
“The man called her and she rushed to him shouting ‘habari uncle’. There was no commotion hence her colleagues and those in nearby shops could not suspect anything sinister. Detectives have been questioning family members trying to unearth the motives of the kidnappers,” said North Imenti deputy county commissioner Isaac Masinde when Meru lawyers sought audience with him.
After the incident, the abductors demanded a ransom of Sh500,000 but never contacted the family again to follow up.
Meanwhile emotions ran high at the Meru Level Five Hospital Mortuary as family members of the deceased went to view the body.
The family members were accompanied by Justices Alfred Mabeya, Ann Onginjo and Magistrate Monicah Maruru as well as the school administrators.
Detectives have been pursuing leads in Kakamega and Naivasha from where the calls for ransom and messages have been traced.
Chief Justice David Maraga and Law Society of Kenya President Allen Gichuhi have condemned the murder.
They have also demanded arrest of the killers.
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