Kenyan serial killer faces more charges

June 18, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – Police on Friday preferred two more murder charges against self-confessed serial killer Phillip Onyancha.

Mr Onyancha who first appeared in court this week is also now accused of killing Catherine Chelangat on November 22, 2008 in Karen.

It is also alleged that he killed Jacqueline Chepngetich Misoi on May 30 in the same year at Mount Kenya building in Nairobi.

He was however not required to plead to the charge after High Court Judge Jessie Lessit directed the Deputy High Court Registrar to assign him a lawyer.

Justice Lessit wants the case mentioned on June 29.

On Tuesday, Mr Onyancha was charged alongside two other suspects over the murder of nine year-old Anthony Muiruri in Dagoretti.  The three did not plead to that charge due to the absence of a defence lawyer.

Mr Onyancha together with Tobias Arad and Douglas Obiero were accused of murdering master Muiruri at Ngando village in Dagoretti on April 14 this year. Muiruri’s decomposed body was found near the Lenana School, Nairobi more than a week ago.

Mr Onyancha and his co-accused are being held at Kilimani Police Station as police conclude investigations.

His two accomplices were arrested last Saturday after Mr Onyancha implicated them in some of the murders that he confessed to have committed in the last two years.

Ms Chelangat, 32, went missing in November 22, 2008, and her decomposed body was found in the ceiling of the offices of the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company in Karen.

Although, Mr Onyancha has confessed to killing 19 people, police said they have not finalised investigations on some of the killings because some of those killed remain unidentified to date.

Mr Onyancha had told police and journalists that he was targeting  to kill 100 people after he was inducted in a cult. He had claimed that he was told killing the victims and drinking their blood would make him “a wealthy man.”


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