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Ruiru: Suspected serial killer, rapist arrested; confesses to attending victims’ funerals

In Summary

  • The 29-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday morning after he attacked another woman on Wednesday night at Watalaam slum in Ruiru.
  • Ruiru DCIO Justus Ombati says the suspect mostly attacks light-skinned women within the slums in the wee hours of the morning when he would gag and drag them to secluded areas.

A suspected serial killer and rapist who has been terrorising residents of Ruiru, Kiambu County, for the last four months has been arrested.

Paul Magara Morara, 29, who is suspected to have killed three ladies and seriously injuring four others within the aforementioned period was arrested on Thursday by Ruiru-based detectives probing an attempted murder report.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Magara has been in the detectives’ wanted list since 2020, but was able to remain free because of using his alias name – Mkisii.

“…the masked Magara occasionally struck ladies in the hours of darkness, killing and seriously injuring some before removing and escaping with their panties,” says the DCI.

The first incident was reported in 2020 at Kiunguru area around Ruiru Bypass, when a woman who had been seen with a man a night before was found dead in her room, with one of her breasts chopped off.

“Following the scanty leads obtained from the crime scene, detectives pursued the anonymous perpetrator for months but in vain. Later in January 2021, a young lady who worked at a hair company was found murdered at a local lodging in a similar style, moments after she was spotted with Magara,” reports the DCI.

After months of several attempted murder incidents all reported by female victims, another lady was found murdered in her rental house at Magorofani area of Wataalam.

Those incidents had caused panic and terror in the are, with word having it that the killer was roaming in the dark hunting down women.

In September 7, the killer struck again, this time breaking into the house of two sisters aged 18 and 19, where he stabbed and left them for the dead. One of them is still admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Stabs a lactating mother on the neck in Ruiru

“As pursuit for him heightened, the bloodthirsty monster crept into the house of a couple when they were asleep early morning yesterday, stabbing the woman at the neck and vanishing in the dark in seconds.

“The husband rushed his 22-yr-old lactating woman to hospital, amidst shock as to how their attacker managed to master their padlock from outside, execute the attack and disappear as he soundly snored. The woman is recuperating well.”

Police immediately launched a manhunt in the area and were able to nab four suspects and recovering a mobile phone that belonged to one of the sisters attacked in the September 7 incident.

After hours of interrogations, it was established that one of the four arrested, Moses Moogi Okemwa, 25, was an accomplice of the prime suspect, “who jointly executed some of the attacks.”

The sleuths who had camped metres from the house of Magara’s brother on Thursday morning ambushed him as he headed to have breakfast at his kin’s place.

It was around 6 am when he was arrested, with a backpack containing a hammer, seven female panties and an electrical bulb holder.

Further investigations have revealed that Magara joined a cult back in 2013, which promised to be paying him for every kill on a woman.

“Strangely, showing a woman’s pants would confirm that he indeed deserved a pay. He had however been double-crossed after a Sh30,000 down-payment, but continued with the monstrous attacks,” adds the DCI.

More investigations are ongoing.


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