Detectives are striving to pierce together the death of Nation Media group phone operator after postmortem on the body of Mildred Akinyi Odira showed that she was hit by a blunt object on the head and other parts of her face before being abandoned on the side of a road.
Ms Odira left her Kariobangi South home at 4am last week on Tuesday, January 29, saying she was going to Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital to seek treatment. She had been diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes and ulcers.
The taxi driver, Mr Davis Ochieng’, who had picked up Ms Odira on the fateful morning, told police in his statement that he took her to the hospital in Ruaraka, waited for her for slightly over an hour before he decided to leave.
Detectives demanded to obtain CCTV footage from the hospital when workers there said they had not received a patient by that name.
Shockingly, the CCTV footage extracted from exterior cameras showed the car, a black Mazda Carol with the registration number KCR 388T, arrive at 4.33am, make a U-turn at the hospital and then leave without dropping off the passenger.
In the footage, the driver is seen driving away from the hospital and patting his chest, with a client believed to be Ms Odira in the rear seat.
Mr Ochieng’ was arrested and taken to the Milimani Law Courts, but detectives requested to hold him until February 14 as they investigate the killing.
Pathologists examining the body of the 32-year-old switchboard operator for Foresight Company, based at Nation Centre, said the injuries she sustained on the forehead, the cheeks and the neck were inflicted on her while she was seated upright.
The report was released to the family at City Mortuary, where her body had been lying since after it was found by police near Allsopps, on Thika Road, on Tuesday, January 29. The family later moved the body to Lee Funeral Home.
While revealing the details of the autopsy report, Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo said Ms Odira had several injuries on her torso.
“The cause of death was the injury on the forehead, it looks like she was hit by a hammer and after she was dead then placed on the road for vehicles to run over her,” Ms Odhiambo said.
The autopsy also showed that the injuries on her limbs occurred after “she was ran over by a car and not knocked down,” Ms Odhiambo said.
Samples extracted from Ms Odira’s nails and private parts were taken for analysis to ascertain if she was raped.
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