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Girl, 10, victim of murder most foul

LIMURU, Kenya Oct 6 – A 10 year old girl was raped and strangled to death at a village in Limuru on Monday night.

The body of Catherine Kihika, a standard three pupil at Manguo primary school was found dumped in a neighbour’s compound, about 50 meters from their house on the Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

"It was discovered at about 6am on Tuesday by a neighbour who had gone to milk her cows," the officer in charge of Tigoni Police station Joseph Kyoyo said.

"It had strangulation marks and it appears she was raped," he said and added that there was evidence showing the body was dumped at the scene on Tuesday morning.

As investigations got underway, four suspects – among them a form two student – were immediately arrested to assist unravel the mystery.

The deceased girl’s mother Lucy Nduta said she last saw her at about 4 pm when she returned home from school.

"She changed her clothes and went to play outside but never came back.  We looked for her the whole night but we could not find her," she added.

A granny who lives in the neighbourhood revealed she had seen the form two student with the girl late on Monday.

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The boy is reported to have denied seeing the girl but changed his statement on Tuesday morning and claimed she had been to his house briefly, but left.
"We strongly believe he is a prime suspect because he has been giving inconsistent statements.  We have also established that he has not been going to school for the past three days," area Member of Parliament Peter Mwathe said.

"With the help of residents here, the boy has been traced and arrested alongside three other suspects and are now assisting in the investigations," the legislator said.

Mr Mwathe said initial investigations had shown that the Form Two student had been seen watching pornographic materials lately, whenever he failed to go to school.

"We blame all these on peer pressure, with reports that the boy has been watching pornographic materials, it is likely that he was becoming a spoiled boy," said the MP who arrived at the home to console the family.

The deceased girl’s father Peter Kihika said occupants of the home where they suspect the girl may have been killed were not cooperative when the girl was being sought.

"I was away when my wife telephoned me to inform me that my daughter was missing, I kept telling them to check in the neighbourhood but they told me they were not cooperative enough," he said.

The deceased girl was the last born in a family of four.

"I have lost my only girl, it is so sad because it is too difficult to believe she is dead," he said.

Others arrested over the murder include a worker in the neighbourhood and two other young men in their twenties.

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