NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – A man who confessed to having raped and killing a university student in Nairobi has been charged with murder.
Ellie Omondi alias Daddy was arraigned at the Milimani law courts on Thursday over the murder of 21-year-old Edna Mogambi but he did not take a plea.
The court ordered that he be remanded at the Industrial Area police station in Nairobi to enable police conclude their investigation.
The prosecution told the court that police require at least seven days to conclude their investigation.
On Wednesday, police said Omondi had confessed to killing Edna who was a student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) at her house number 11, block F at the Mbotela Teleposta staff quarters. She was pursuing a purchasing and Supplies Bachelor’s degree course at the Karen campus.
The murder occurred on Sunday, but the student’s body was not immediately found until the following day because it was hidden under her bed.
Omondi was a neighbour to the deceased and was not initially suspected in the murder until Wednesday when he accompanied relatives of the deceased to the Industrial Area police station where he was detained.
“We have been monitoring his movements since Monday, when he realised no one was suspecting, he decided to be as close to the family as possible and has even accompanied them to the station today (Wednesday), that is when we detained him,” Makadara police chief Thomas Atuti said. “He is well known to his friends as Daddy.”
After confessing at the police station, detectives took him to a Magistrate at the Makadara Law courts where he repeated his confession.
Confessions made at police stations or anywhere else are not admissible in court and that is why he had to be taken before a magistrate.
“We have arraigned him in court but since we are still carrying out the investigation, that is why we requested to have him remanded here,” Makadara Divisional CID Chief Zack Nangulo told Capital News on Thursday.
Police said the man charged on Thursday had also confessed that after raping and murdering the Edna, she used her mobile phone to send a text message to her sister Nancy, just to cover up on the murder.
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