A woman believed to be the mistress of a man whose wife was killed in Nairobi two weeks ago will be charged with murder, police have said. But the man, Joseph Kori is not off the hook either. Just not yet.
Ms Judy Wangui Mungai is expected be arraigned Wednesday (tomorrow) alongside car hire businessman Michael Githae Mathenge, who reportedly confessed his role in the murder of Ms Mary Wambui, the wife of Kori.
He is said to have told the police that he never participated in the murder of Ms Wambui as Ms Mungai, whom he has known for two years, called him to her house when Ms Wambui was already dead.
He told police he helped Ms Mungai to remove Ms Wambui’s body from Ms Mungai’s house at Fourways Junction on Kiambu Road to Mugutha in Juja a few minutes past midnight.
Mr Mathenge told the police Ms Mungai had earlier in the day called him promising him a job later that night.
When he arrived at Fourways, he told police, he declined to give her a helping hand in disposing of the body. He said she blackmailed him, threatening to call security on him and implicate him in the murder. He also said he was not paid for the job.
Detectives, however, are questioning why he never drove off once they left the estate since, according to him, Ms Mungai carried the body in Ms Wambui’s car while he followed closely behind her driving a Toyota Noah.
Police are however treating his account with caution because Ms Mungai has not cooperated with police ever since she told investigators that Kori murdered his wife and offered her Sh2 million for her silence. She claimed he hit her with the butt of his gun.
According to Daily Nation, investigators used cell phone data and car-tracking solutions to conclude that Mr Kori was not at Fourways Junction at the time of the murder.
“We have not decided whether to charge him or not. We are waiting for the forensic examination report so that we can confirm if he participated in other ways. We will then decide whether to charge him or free him.”
Mr Obed Kiio, head of criminal investigations at the Juja Police Station, from where the matter is being investigated, said call data from Safaricom had confirmed that Mr Kori was “not anywhere near the scene”.
According Mathenge’s account, the women started arguing over Mr Kori’s photos in the house and the logbook of an identical Mercedes Benz, which Mr Karue had apparently bought for the mistress.
A fight ensued, Mathenge said, and the two wrestled over a knife, before the suspect rushed to the kitchen, grabbed a pressure cooker and hit Ms Wambui with it on the head.
The pressure cooker has not been found after it was thrown in a thicket along the Ruiru-Kiambu road.
Mr Mathenge said when Ms Wambui screamed for help, Ms Mungai suffocated her to death, dragged the body to the kitchen, and wrapped it in bedding.
A post-mortem report shows that she was hit with a blunt object nine times and suffered internal bleeding to the brain.
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