A post-mortem done on the slain Kitengela girl, Shantel Nzembi, has revealed that she died of suffocation by blockage of nose and mouth.
Government Pathologist Dr. Johansen Oduor who conducted the autopsy at Shalom Community Hospital on Friday also addressed defilement claims.
“For defilement claims, we have not established but we have taken some samples for analysis,” Oduor said.
Main suspect in Shantel’s murder arrested
Following the kidnapping and subsequent murder of the 8-year-old girl, four suspects have been arrested. These are; Nativity Mutindi Nthuku, 27, Agnes Kasiva Nzioka, Livingstone Makacha Otengo, 27, and Francis Mbuthia Mikuhu, 42. The prime suspect, also arrested, is an M-Pesa Shop operator in the area.
Nthuku, 27, was arrested by DCI detectives on Thursday evening in Athi River. She is believed to have lured the deceased to the trap of the kidnappers.
“From there, our relationship with the public helped us arrest the suspect who we committed to an identification parade and was positively identified by Shantel’s friends as the one who took her, she is the prime suspect in the murder,” Isinya Sub-county Police Commander Jeremiah Ndubai said.
Boda Boda rider nabbed with mobile phone used to contact Shantel’s mother
Otengo, a boda boda rider in the area, was reportedly nabbed with the mobile phone believed to have been used to communicate with Shantel’s mother, Christine Ngina.
Mikuhu was arrested for reportedly using his ID number to register the Airtel line where Shantel’s mother wired some money.
Appearing before a Kajiado Court on Thursday, Magistrate Edwin Mulochi ordered for the detention of Otengo and Mikuhu for 10 days to allow for conclusion of investigations.
Shantel went missing on last Sunday and later found dead on Monday in Orata Noonkopir area of Kitengela, Kajiado County. The girl’s naked body had reportedly been wrapped in a bedsheet and stashed in a gunny bag.
On that fateful day, she allegedly went out to play at around 3 pm. She did not find her friend Sharon, a police officer’s daughter, so instead played with another girl.
At the field, a woman allegedly approached them and asked whether there was a vacant house, which was when the deceased was reported missing.
Her mother reportedly ought for Sharon’s parents contacts, enuiring for her daughter’s whereabouts, only to learn that Sharon was “away visiting a relative.”
Prior to her body’s discovery, Ngina said that the kidnappers called her more than 50 times, most of which she did not pick. Surprisingly, she said that the caller kept referring to her as Sharon’s mother.
“She said that if I wanted to see her alive, I should pay Sh300,000,” Ngina added.
The following day at around 11 am, Shantel’s body was discovered by a boda boda rider.