On Monday, a Kenyan court allowed the police to detain a 27-year-old man alleged to have abducted and murdered an eight-year-old girl, Shantel Nzembi.
Police investigating the gruesome murder asked the court for more time for the investigation.
The young girl went missing on May 29 in Kitengela, south of Nairobi, and her body was found stashed in a gunny bag.
An autopsy report indicated that the Grade two pupil died from suffocation by blockage of the mouth and nose.
Reports indicate that police managed to narrow town to Nativity Mutindi through phone call records. He is reported to have made multiple phone calls demanding a ransom after kidnapping the young girl.
The suspect was arrested after detectives carried out a raid in his apartment approximately 300 meters from where the girl’s remains were found.
“We decided to play along, buying time for detectives to locate the caller. At some point, we were kept waiting for a new number to send the ransom. We knew we could not afford the money but time was of essence. My last hope to find my daughter alive was on police officers,” the news report quoted the mother of Shantel Nzembi.
A kid playing with the deceased before she was kidnapped positively identified the key suspect at Kitengela police station.
Three other suspects linked with the murder have also been arrested. They include Livingstone Makacha, Francis Mbuthia, and Patrick Mureithi.
Mureithi is accused of fraudulently registering Sim card used to demand ransom from Shantel’s mother. Makacha was found to own the mobile phone used to call the minor’s mother.
Mbuthia was arrested after it was discovered that he is the owner of the ID that was used to register the Sim card.