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Murdered woman’s body recovered in a snake-infested thicket

In Summary

  • The suspect, Kipchirchir Ruto had allegedly called the woman’s husband and demanded money.
  • Veronicah was a well-known trader in Mogotio town, dealing in seat covers.

A court in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County, has granted police 14 days to continue holding a 34-year-old suspect behind the gruesome murder of a popular businesswoman in Mogotio town.

Moses Kipchirchir Ruto allegedly killed Veronicah Kanini, 42, last week. He then buried her in a “shallow grave at a secluded snake infested thicket, along the river that drains its waters into Lake Baringo.”

According to DCI, Veronicah’s body was recovered along the banks of River Molo. The detectives were led to the macabre site by the suspect.

Veronicah sold seat covers in Mogotio town. She would travel from her home in Nakuru every morning to sell her merchandise before returning in the evening. She would first take measurements of her clients’ seats, travel to Nakuru and tailor-make them to their specifications, before delivering them in Mogotio, 42 kilometres away.

This had been her trend for the past three years. On the day she met her death, she telephoned her husband Marco Njuguna at around 6pm asking for KSh3,000 urgently.

“As he inquired from her why she needed the money, the keen husband heard a male voice in the background instructing her to speak in Swahili,” says DCI. “This exasperated the already worried man, who immediately set off for Mogotio in search of his beloved wife.”

Veronicah also called two neighbours who sent her an unspecified amount of money.

Gruesome Murder

The husband reported the matter to detectives who following investigations, traced the main suspect Kipchirchir, in his house. “This afternoon [Wednesday 24th], the suspect who had earlier denied being involved in the woman’s disappearance, confessed to killing Kanini by strangling her on Friday night,” adds DCI.

The suspect told the detectives that after killing her, he left her body at the scene of the murder, before returning the following morning at dawn carrying a jembe. “He used the jembe to dig the shallow grave where he buried her remains,” says DCI. “Preliminary investigations conducted by cybercrime and crime scene experts, have placed Ruto at the scene of Kanini’s grievous murder.”

The slain woman’s body was moved to Nakuru municipal mortuary pending postmortem.

The court granted detectives 14 days to conclude investigations.


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