Man, daughter arrested over murder of Nanyuki businessman


Man, daughter arrested over murder of Nanyuki businessman
Charles Macharia and his daughter Jane Wanjiku. PHOTO| COURTESY

Police on Tuesday arrested a man and his daughter in connection with the murder a businessman in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.

Charles Macharia and his daughter Jane Wanjiku, a waitress at a hotel in Nanyuki, were arrested at a petrol station in Kirwara, Gatanga Constituency in Murang’a County by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

According to police, the two were found with a vehicle stolen from the deceased. Upon further investigations, police say they found electronic goods stolen from the deceased in the house belonging to the suspects.

“Detectives acted swiftly on receiving information about the stolen car and laid an ambush. After a short while,it was spotted being driven to a Petrol Station in Kirwara, Gatanga & the driver(Charles Macharia) arrested,” said the DCI in a statement issued Tuesday evening.

“The suspects were found in possession of the deceased’s motor vehicle and other electronics in their house in Gatanga.”

The body of the deceased businessman, George Gachibi, was found lying in a pool of blood on Tuesday at 9am by his employees who had gone to check on him at his house after he failed to answer to their calls and had not reported at his business.

The main door to his rented house had been broken and left open by the assailants believed to have murdered him.

Laikipia County Criminal Investigations Officer Peter Muinde said police traced the car signal to a place called Kirwara in Thika Sub-County, where they nabbed the two suspects.

According to Mr. Muinde, the arrested woman is believed to have been the girlfriend of the deceased as they were often seen together and she would frequent his house.

The two suspects were detained at Thika Police Station while the body of the deceased was moved to Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary as investigations continue.

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