Evans Karani, the main suspect in the brutal murder of Catherine Nyokabi will remain in lawful custody for 14 days, to allow police to finalise investigations.
Karani on Monday, April 19 appeared before the Thika Law Court Magistrate Oscar Wanyaga virtually from the Juja Police Station.
Karani had already confessed to police that he killed Nyokabi and that he does not regret the act.
Appearing before Magistrate Wanyaga, Karani asked him not to delay his ruling so that he can start serving his sentence.
The case will be mentioned in May 3, 2021.
Murder most foul
According to DCIO Richard Mwaura, 38-year-old Karani was busted on Friday, April 16 after attempting to dump Nyokabi’s body, a hotel worker in Kahawa Wendani.
Mwaura revealed that Karani’s car got stuck in the mud along Bob Harris Road in Juja, as he was ferrying the body to a yet-to-be-established destination. Karani abandoned the car in the sludge, with Catherine’s body still inside.
Catherine’s body was covered in bruises on the head and burns. “Nyokabi’s body had been burnt using a corrosive chemical,” said Mwaura. “It appears she was tortured before being killed.”
Residents of Tola estate raised the alarm after spotting the abandoned car with the body inside. Police officers moved swiftly, retrieving the vehicle’s ownership details from the National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) database.
Armed with his personal information, a joint team of DCI, police officers and the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau(CRIB) officers launched a manhunt for Karani. They traced his mobile phone signal to Githurai Kimbo.
Married But Secret Lover
Karani is reportedly married but Catherine was his secret lover. He told police that their relationship was going through a rough patch in the run up to the murder.
Karani is being held at the Juja Police Station as police conduct more investigations.