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Shock as suspect in brutal murder of Catholic priest changes plea to guilty

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  • The then 43-year-old priest disappeared from his parent’s Tala home in Matungulu, Machakos County on October 5 only for his body to be found on October 16 dumped in a shallow grave within river Mashamba in Mbeere South, Embu.

The murder case of Catholic Priest Michael Kyengo Maingi took a fresh twist on Thursday after one of the three accused persons changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.

While appearing before the Embu High Court, Michael Muthinji Mutunga changed his prior plea, admitting to the brutal murder of the man of God.

Muthinji alongside his co-accused- Kavivya Mwangangi and Solomon Mutava are accused of kidnapping before killing the priest on October 8 2019 in Mbeere.

The Catholic clergyman was deputy parish priest of Thatha, in the diocese of Machakos.

His body was found buried on the banks of the Mashamba River in Makima, Embu County.

In connection with the crime, investigators arrested Muthinji, then 25, who was in possession of the missing priest’s cell phone, car and credit card.

Cornered, the man led the police to the place where the body of Fr. Kyengo was. The murderer is said to have strangled the priest and then slit his throat.

The case has been set for a fact-finding hearing on October 21, 2021.


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