Murder suspect arrested in Nairobi’s Githurai 45 estate

Detectives in Naivasha's Kongoni district, northwest of Nairobi, have detained the guy they believe killed his 26-year-old wife and dumped her body in a bush.

Julius Owaka, 32, was arrested by detectives from the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) and DCI Naivasha, following preliminary cybercrime findings that linked him to the murder most foul.

According to the couple’s neighbours, the two had lived together for five years before differences started rocking their blissful union, leading to irreconcilable differences that led to their separation last year. The deceased opted to move back to her parent's home a few kilometres away.

However, in early 2022, the man who is a football player at a local flower farm soccer club started making romantic overtures to the deceased in a bid to rekindle the dying ambers of their once beautiful marriage.

Unaware that she was being lured to a death trap, the deceased left her father’s compound on January 31, not to be seen again, until her decomposing remains were discovered 9 days later in a thicket within Duro area, three kilometres from her father’s home.

Investigations into the murder began immediately and agents based at CRIB joined their Naivasha based counterparts, in a manhunt for Wanjiru’s killer. Through forensic cyber & digital analysis, the sleuths traced the suspect to Githurai 45, where he had since gone into hiding, after committing the crime.

“Sleuths combed the populous Githurai 45, before fishing out Julius Owaka, from his hideout,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

DNA and Crime Scene experts based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory had earlier obtained DNA samples from the scene of a crime and with Owaka’s arrest, the sleuths will be conducting a conclusive analysis for a watertight case against him.

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