Police have revealed how a Githurai tout met his death on the night of February 3 and 4, 2018 within Karatina Township in a “cold and calculated fashion” organised by her lover, and family members.
Dennis Okumu had co-rented a house with a friend in Githurai but he would go to his girlfriend house and stay for day in Zimmerman Estate.
On a particular day, while at his girlfriends house, it is alleged that thugs stormed the house the couple was living in, attacked and injured in Mr Okumu inside Ms Wambui’s house.
“On February 1, 2018 Dennis came to the Githurai bus stage wearing a hoodie because he had a head injury. He told us he had been attacked by thugs at his girlfriend’s house in Zimmerman. He said he was hit on the head with a log of wood and fell unconscious,”the slain tout’s workmate, Mr George Otieno, testified before court.
Two days later after the gang raid, the witness says the deceased said he had been called by his lover seeking a reconciliation meeting to solve outstanding issues involving their love relationship but since Dennis had financial constraints, his friends at the Githurai bus stage raised Sh500 to enable him travel to meet his wife.
Okumu was however unaware that it was a trap that had been laid by the girlfriend together with her mother.
He however travelled alongside his wife to Karatina Nyeri to have the reconciliation exercise presided by his mother-in-law.
The court heard that when Ms Wambui returned to the City alone, she pretended not to know the whereabouts of his boyfriend and started asking whereabouts of the deceased, as she suggested that they had not traveled together to her rural home.
After days of silence his friends started searching for him, “A search for Dennis started and we later got reports that the body had been found at Karatina Hospital mortuary. He had five stab wounds, his eyes were gorged out and some of his front teeth were missing,” said the witness.
“The mother, who works at a Karatina hospital, confessed to the crime. The deceased had taken supper at his in-laws’ home and was killed while being escorted to where he was to sleep,” said Mr Odhiambo.
His mutilated body was dumped at Kirimara in Mathira East sub-county. The body had five stab wounds in the neck, his eyes had been gouged out and some of his front teeth were missing, the court heard.
“The family had hired five assailants to discipline the deceased but it turned tragic and they ended up killing him,” said Mr Odhiambo in his evidence while being cross-examined by State Counsel Emma Gicheha.
After killing the 23-year-old tout, the detective said, mother and daughter paid Mr Muriuki, a boda boda operator, Sh3,000 to dump the body in Kirimara.