Kenyan police try to unravel multiple murders

June 8, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8 – A security guard arrested during the weekend over the murder of a nine-year-old boy in Nairobi has led police to Lake Naivasha where he claims they dumped bodies of two other kidnap victims.

Detectives from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit (SCPU) spent the better part of Tuesday searching for the bodies at the banks of the lake but only found shoes believed to belong to one of the victims.

Police said the suspect has narrated how they murdered the two people before they dumped their bodies in the lake when they failed to give them a ransom they had demanded.

“We are investigating to find out the motive of these killings, because the stories he [the suspect] is giving are not adding up,” a senior police officer involved in the investigation said.

“He has told us the pair of shoes recovered belong to one of the boys they killed and dumped in the lake,” the officer told Capital News on Wednesday evening soon after the Naivasha search was called off.

Police were accompanied by members of the family of the deceased boy who identified the pair of shoes recovered on the banks of Lake Naivasha.

The Head of the Special Crimes Prevention Unit (SCPU) Richard Katola said the suspect was cooperating with them and had provided insights into several murder cases which have been hard to crack.

“It is a major breakthrough, we are getting to know a lot.  Some of these are cases we have been seeking to know their motives but now we have a prime suspect in custody who is helping us,” Mr Katola said.

“We will continue searching for the bodies he has indicated are in the lake… we will not give up,” he added.

Another senior police officer who was involved in the Wednesday search told Capital News they had linked the suspect to at least three murders in Thika where several commercial sex workers were killed earlier this year.

“He is a serial killer, I think that is the proper name.  He is narrating very shocking stories of people they have killed,” Mr Katola said and added that a manhunt had been intensified for his accomplices.

On Sunday, the suspect took the police to a thicket near Lenana School in Nairobi where he showed them a skull and clothes of a boy who was kidnapped and killed two months ago.

The skull of another victim they are believed to have killed were also recovered in the thicket.

On Wednesday, security company G4S sent a statement to newsrooms saying the suspect was their former employee.

“The company has received information that a former G4S guard [name withheld] has been arrested over alleged kidnap/murders near Lenana School, Nairobi.

“We would like to clarify that the suspect failed our enhanced integrity testing and, as a result, was dismissed from employment on March 25th, 2010,” the statement said.


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