Murder suspect Evans Karani detained for 14 days amidst probe


Murder suspect Evans Karani detained for 14 days amidst probe
Evans Karani in a red hoodie appears in court virtually on Monday, April 19 from the Juja police station. Photo: Citizen Digital

Evans Karani, the suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Catherine Nyokabi, will remain in lawful custody for another 14 days until police finish their investigations.

On Monday morning, the defendant appeared before Thika Law Courts Magistrate Oscar Wanyaga virtually from the Juja Police Station.

Mr. Karani, who had previously told the police that he did not regret murdering his lover of two years, asked the magistrate to speed up his sentence.

The case will come up for mentioning on May 3.

His arrest came over the weekend after the body of his estranged lover was discovered 50 meters from his car in the Ndarugu area of Juja, Kiambu County.

Detectives believe his car got stuck in the mud when he dumped the body, forcing him to abandon it at the scene.

He was later arrested at Githurai Kimbo.

He apparently said that his love for nyokabi could not allow her to see someone else.

In the meantime, the Nyokabi’s family is seeking justice for their slain kin.

Her father, Gitonga Njogu was at the Juja Police Station on Sunday afternoon to get an update on investigations into his daughter’s brutal murder.

He revealed that the main suspect in Catherine Nyokabi’s murder — Evans Karani — was well known to the family. The two had been in a relationship for two years.

“Amekuja nyumbani mara nyingi… Amekuja na wameenda hadi kwa nyanya yake. Tunamjua vizuri saana,” he told Citizen TV. Njogu however says the family was unaware of the fact that Karani was married with five children.

That fact came to light two weeks ago, after which the family disapproved of the relationship.

He believes that this was the motive behind the murder of his 25-year-old daughter, who has left behind a 6-year-old child.

“Msichana wangu akaona hawezi kuolewa na yeye na akajaribu kumwacha, anaendelea kumfuata… Alimkataa ndio akamfanyia hiyo mambo,” he said.

After viewing his daughter’s body at the City Mortuary, Gitonga said brutality cannot define what his daughter Nyokabi went through on Thursday night.

“Amekatwakatwa hata vidole hakuna… Amewekewa acid hata ukiona unashangaa nini mbaya ilikuwa na huyu jamaa,” the distraught father said.

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