Five suspects in the gruesome murder of Nyeri businessman Daniel Mwangi will be detained for five more days.
The five suspects, including the father of the deceased, appeared before the Nyeri Law Courts on Friday, February 26.
The prosecution had sought to detain the suspects for 14 days as they conclude investigations. The court five days only.
Stephen Wang’ondu, the father of Mwangi, was arraigned alongside James Mahinda Mwangi, Charity Muchiri, Geoffrey Waturi, and Eddy Kariuki Ngari.
Together, they are accused of conspiring to kill the 32-year-old businessman.
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.”
Using forensic-led intelligence and clues collected from the crime scene, DCI detectives traced their first suspect in Githurai, Nairobi: 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.
Detectives are still searching for Raphael Wachira, another suspect who is still missing.