8 criminal cases, one man: Witness Muigai Ngengi’s records exposed


8 criminal cases, one man: Witness Muigai Ngengi's records exposed
The Mystery witness in Nakuru Chopper crash (Left) and Nyeri Governor accident (Right)

After carrying out fingerprint forensic analysis, police now say the ‘mystery witness’, Dennis Muigai Ngengi, who claimed to have witnessed the accident that killed Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru, has eight previous criminal records.

In an internal memo to the Director of Criminal Investigations, the Principal officer in charge of Criminal Registry, Mr Patrick Ndunda, says that all the eight previous cases against Ngengi have no result of trial and are in different names.

The offences which range from stealing, malicious  damage, obtaining money in false pretense to personation were recorded in various police stations across the country.

As per the records from the criminal registry, the crimes were committed as far back as 1989, 1998 and 1999 with the more recent one being in 2009 in Baricho, Kirinyaga County.

They include:

1. Name: Charles Karanja

Station: Naru Moru

Offence: Stealing

CR/No. 257/06/89

2. Name: Francis Karanja Mwaniki

Station: Nkubu

Offence: Stealing

CR/No. 464/31/98

3. Name: Charles Karanja

Station: Kiganjo

Offence: Giving false information

CR/No. 254/161/99

4. Name: Charles Karanja Mwangi alias Cameroon

Station: Kiganjo

Offence: Stealing

CR/No. 254/66/02

5. Name: Francis Maina Theuri

Station: Mweiga

Offence: Malicious damage

CR/No. 256/01/2003

6. Name: Martin Mutangilu Wambua alias Kathoka

Station: Rumuruti

Offence: Obtaining money by false pretence

CR/No. 752/273/04

7. Name: Alex Musyoka

Station: Meru

Offence: Assault

CR/No. 461/587/04

8. Name: Martin Githaiga Gichuhi alias Antony Waweru Gakuya

Station: Baricho

Offence: Personating

CR/No. 222/44/09

The memo seen by Citizen Digital, notes that an immediate signal has been dispatched to the various stations for the results of the mentioned cases.

This comes three days after Dennis Muigai Ngengi was arrested in Ruiru, Kiambu County, on Thursday, November 9.

Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro said that Ngengi had been transferred to Nairobi for further investigations, with detectives seeking to know the man’s character as well as his real name.

This latest revelation shows that ‘Dennis Muigai Ngengi’ is just a newly-acquired identity among many other names the accused has been using.

Before appearing at the accident that killed Governor Gakuru, Ngengi had been featured at the scene of the October 21 Lake Nakuru chopper crash where he described himself as a ‘State Pilot’.

In an interview with Citizen TV at the scene of the November 7 accident that claimed Dr. Gakuru’s life, Ngengi introduced himself as a ‘police officer’. He would later in the day, still on November 7, tell Citizen Digital that he is a businessman who imports various commodities which he sells locally.

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