NAROK, Kenya, Nov 25 – Five people among them a house help suspected to have murdered a neighbour’s two-year old son before dumping the body in an underground water tank at Total estate in Narok Town have been arraigned before a Narok Court.
The five including two house girls, a watchman, an ICT expert and a neighbour who were in the compound at the time of the incident were charged with the murder.
However, Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Phyllis Shinyada released the watchman, ICT expert and the neighbour as no evidence linked them to the murder of the toddler that occurred on Saturday November 17, 2022.
This is after the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) led by Homicide Investigation Department Director Mr. Martin Nyuguto put Ms. Pauline Nanjala, a neighbour’s house girl as prime suspect. She appeared alongside the house girl who was taking care of the child Ms. Selinah Sintamei
The attempt by the Senior Counsel from the Office of Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) Duncan Ondimwa to detain the girls for 21 days as police carry out more investigation was rejected by the court and reduced to 14 days.
The ODPP prosecutor also sought to have Ms. Sintamei who was taking care of the deceased to be State witness and be put on a witness protection programme.
The ODPP also learned that the prime suspect, Nanjala, had no identification documents raising suspicions on whether the names she presented were her real names.
The DCI detectives are also seeking to link the suspect to a 2014 incident where a ‘mysterious’ house help stabbed her employer to death in Kiambu county before escaping.
The duo will be detained in separate police custody with Nanjala being detained at Narok Police station as Sintamei placed in Ololung’a police custody.
The case will come up for mention on November 28 this year.
At the same time, Nyuguto called on members of the public whose kin might have been murdered by people who escaped arrest to volunteer information to nearby police station.
“We believe that this suspect is a serial killer who has been on the run. Anyone who has a case against her should bring it forward to any DCI offices across the country,” said Nyuguto.