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Man who confessed to defiling, killing five girls to be detained for 21 more days

Evans Juma Wanjala, a suspected serial killer accused of defiling five girls before brutally murdering them will be detained for 21 more days.

An Eldoret court on Thursday, July 22 granted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations more days to conclude investigations. The DCI had filed an application seeking for more time before Senior Resident Magistrate Naomi Wairimu.

According to the DCI, Wanjala committed the heinous murders between December 31, 2019, and June 15, 2021. He allegedly defiles his victims before strangling them to death.

Wanjala reportedly lured his victims, aged between 10 years and 15 years, from different locations within Moi’s Bridge in Uasin Gishu County, before taking them to secluded areas where he defiled and strangled them.

“In a chilling confession by the killer who took detectives on a re-enactment of how he executed his ghastly missions, he gave a blow-by-blow account of how he took away the lives of Linda Cherono, 13, Mary Elusa, 14, Grace Njeri, 12, Stacy Nabiso, 10 and Lucy Wanjiru, 15, after defiling them,” said the DCI, after his arrest on Saturday, July 17.

The self-confessed pedophile and serial killer then led detectives to the scene of every murder that he had committed, where charred remains of the murdered minors were earlier recovered.

“In one such instance, Linda Cherono’s decomposing body was found on June 15, 2021, near Baharini Dam, after she went missing a few days earlier,” adds the DCI.

In an incident that sparked protests along the busy Eldoret – Kitale Highway, Cherono’s decomposing remains were found half-dressed in a bush, with signs of strangulation, defilement, and physical injuries visible on her body.

“The modus operandi of the pedophile was replicated in all the other four murders where the victims were first defiled before being strangled to death and left in the bushes to be devoured by wild beasts.

“In two such instances, the lifeless bodies of the victims were stashed in gunny bags covered with vegetables and left to rot away in the bushes. During the re-enactment, Homicide detectives augmented by their Scenes of Crime, and Photographic & Acoustics counterparts, documented forensically each of the five murder scenes, as the executioner demonstrated how he abducted, defiled, murdered and dumped the bodies of the minors.”

Forensic analysis has positively connected the suspect to the murder of the minors.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that Wanjala is a habitual offender with pending warrants of arrests against him.

On diverse dates in 2018, Wanjala reportedly defiled two minors in Kibwezi, and upon arraignment in court, he was freed on bond. He, the DCI says, immediately went into hiding after the release prompting a warrant of arrest to be issued against him by the Makindu Law Courts.

This murder puzzle was cracked after homicide sleuths based at DCI headquarters, travelled to Eldoret West and took over the various case files regarding the wanton defilement and killings of the girls.

The suspect is currently under lawful custody and will be arraigned in court to answer to charges of murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code.

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