- The suspected witch doctor says Riungu, his client, had visited his home, found the 9-year-old girl eating passion fruit, and attacked her.
- Her head was found alongside corpses of a goat and chicken. The two animals had their hearts ripped out too.
A 94-year-old suspected witchdoctor and his client were on Sunday arrested after the headless body of a nine-year-old girl was discovered.
Suleiman Mati Mukira from Mpingu village in Kiroo sub-location and his suspected client, 32-year-old Michael Ngugi Riungu from Kariokomo village, were arrested after angry villagers who heard the minor’s screams rushed to the scene.
According to a police report at Magutuni Police Station, Mukira says that Riungu had visited his home for his services, found the 9-year-old eating passion fruit, and attacked her.
The villagers said that the girl, who has been identified as Doreen Kagendi Kinegeni, had gone to deliver milk to Mukira’s home when she was attacked by a panga.
Upon visiting the scene of the crime, OCS Magutuni, DCI officers, and SCPC Maara found the child had been brutally killed and her body concealed in a goat shed.
Her head was found alongside corpses of a goat and chicken. The two animals had their hearts ripped out too.
“Her head was cut and placed outside the goat shed, outside the compound was a slaughtered goat, inside the ‘witchdoctor’s’ house was a slaughtered chicken and witchcraft paraphernalia,” reads the police report.
Police also recovered stained pangas from the scene of the horrific crime.
It took police intervention to prevent the angry mob which was baying for the suspects’ blood.
A shocked area MCA Jones Kinegeni condemned the heinous act, calling upon locals to be more vigilant of such dangers in the society.
Kinegeni urged the police to speed up investigations into the crime while advising residents to always report their suspicions of such acts.
Preliminary investigations show that the girl’s heart was missing. Her body was removed to Chuka Hospital mortuary awaiting autopsy.