Nairobi Woman Who Bought Ksh600 Second-Hand Phone Arrested for Murder

A woman in handcuffs
A woman in handcuffs
The Standard

A Nairobi woman who bought a second-hand phone for Ksh600 was arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in the murder case of an 83-year-old granny in Murang'a. 

In a report by the DCI on Tuesday, November 1, the agency revealed that they traced the phone, which was part of the items stolen from the deceased. 

"The officers established that the house had been ransacked and a 32" television, electric jiko and mobile phone - all belonging to the deceased - were missing.

"The phone was recovered from one accused person who bought it from the prime suspect at Ksh600," the report read in part.

Police officers manning DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road.
Police officers manning DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road.

Police used the accused woman to track and flush out the prime murder suspect from his hideout in Dagoretti.

Another suspect who bought a 32-inch television stolen from the granny's house at Ksh5,000 was also apprehended.

The three were detained at Kandara Police Station, where they were questioned by the investigating officers.

DCI was called in to probe the granny's death after villagers found her lying dead in her home in Nguruwei-ni village. 

"The neighbour noticed that the kitchen door had been left ajar while the door leading to the living room was locked from the outside. She call out her name but no response was forthcoming," DCI wrote.

The agency vowed to get to the bottom of the matter as guided by the new directives given by President William Ruto to the National Police Service.

"Director, DCI Amin Mohammed committed to deal with all manner of crimes without favour and in strict conformity with the provisions of the law," DCI wrote.

"In addition, Amin warned criminals and criminal gangs attempting to regroup in the city that detectives are on high alert and any mischief will be met with the full force of the law," DCI reiterated. 

Undated image of detectives at a crime scene in Nairobi, Kenya
Undated image of detectives at a crime scene in Nairobi, Kenya
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