Kenyan Thugs Seek Witchcraft To Evade Arrest

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, criminals in Kenya have resorted to witchcraft and other unorthodox methods to avoid arrest.

According to the agency, on Tuesday, detectives found a suspect who has been on the run after stealing Ksh4 million ($40000) from her employer at a renowned witch doctor's house in Gachie, Kiambu County, Central Kenya.
The suspect, Miriam Mwelu, accompanied by her husband Timothy Akoi, had gone to seek protection against the DCI sleuths.

"Yesterday, detectives based at the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) supported by their Special Services Unit (SSU) counterparts pounced on a suspect who took off with Ksh4million from her employer three weeks ago," said the DCI.

When the detectives arrived at the witch doctor's home, they found the suspect was being immersed in a basin containing a concoction of blood drawn from a dead fowl, whose features resembled those of a cockerel.

Upon noticing the detectives, the elderly witch doctor pronounced endless incantations to keep them at bay, but that did not deter the sleuths from executing their mission, much to the bemusement of Mwelu, who had closed her eyes, expecting the sleuths to vanish.

A set of paraphernalia forming part of the witch doctor's tools of the trade, including horns, feathers, and cowrie shells, were recovered.

Later, the suspect led the detectives to her parents' home in Ithanga, Murang'a county, where Ksh1.57million ($10500) was recovered. Also recovered was the jewelry stolen from the woman's employer.

DCI has cautioned criminals who have committed crimes not to waste time seeking the services of wizards to protect them from the officers.

"Detectives rely on actionable intelligence supported forensically through science that cannot be challenged by the dark powers of a witch doctor," said the agency.

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