It is the question Nyeri Law Courts will seek answers to when the case against James Mahinda Mwangi, Charity Muchiri, Geoffrey Waturi, Eddy Kariuki Ngari, and Raphael Wachira commences.
Yesterday, the suspects in the gruesome murder of Daniel Mwangi Wang’ondu, were arraigned on a miscellaneous application by the Director of Public Prosecutions who sought for more days to complete the investigations. Raphael is still in hiding, though. Ruling on the application will be delivered on Friday, 26th.
So, what transpired?
On January 1 this year, Mwangi, 32, was found in a pool of blood at the gate of his house in Wendiga village, Mweiga, Nyeri County. “Nothing had been stolen from him or his house,” says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). “Not even his Volkswagen Golf car beside which he lay lifeless.”
Mwangi was a businessman in Mweiga town. It was a puzzling murder. Mwangi had no known enemies.
Using forensic-led intelligence and clues collected from the crime scene, DCI detectives traced their first suspect in Githurai, Nairobi, four days ago: James Mahinda was the driver to the late Mwangi’s father, Stephen Wang’ondu. “Upon interrogation, he led officers to Embu at Matakani area where two other suspects; Geoffrey Waturi and Eddy Kariuki Ngari were also arrested,” says DCI.
“Hired by father”
“Upon further investigations and to their shock, detectives established that the three long-time friends had been hired by the deceased’s father on December 2020 to murder his own son at a shillings 160,000 fee following a family feud,” adds DCI.
Wang’ondu had allegedly given his driver Ksh20,000 and instructed him to form a team that would execute the murder, kill his own son. On December 31, DCI says, Mahinda went to Embu and “picked his bloodthirsty accomplices.”
It is alleged that Mahinda briefed his accomplices on their target, his residence, movements and the VW car he drove. “Once in Mweiga, they had purchased a murder weapon at a local hardware, with which they cut the dreams of the father of two, suspectedly in the dead of the night,” says DCI.
As the ruling is due to be made on Friday, detectives continue their hunt for Wachira, the mising suspect.