Preacher charged in lawyer family’s death probe

December 2, 2014 5:35 pm
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The search was conducted in the expansive Tatu City garden and later extended to four other areas including Zimmerman where Magu is believed to have gone before he died. Photo/ MIKE KARIUKI
The search was conducted in the expansive Tatu City garden and later extended to four other areas including Zimmerman where Magu is believed to have gone before he died. Photo/ MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2- A female preacher said to have been friends with deceased lawyer Paul Magu’s family was on Tuesday charged in Kiambu over her link to the mysterious death of the lawyer, his wife, a daughter and the disappearance of two sons.

Ann Wambui Wanyoro is reported to have been with the family four days prior to the killings which are suspecting to have links to a religious cult.

Police are investigating why Magu, prior to his death, had started systematically transferring his prized properties including their family house, to Wambui. Detectives are also searching for a lawyer who had facilitated the transfers.

“Under unclear circumstances Paul Muhiu Magu had intended to transfer ownership of some of his properties to the suspect (the preacher) in a will deposited with John Odhiambo as advocate,” it reads.

Wambui, the affidavit indicates, had also performed what was described by Magu’s house help as cultist rituals during her four-day visit to the family prior to the killings.

The preacher was with the family between November 16 and 19.

The court also allowed an application by the prosecution to hold the suspect for 14 days as investigations continue.

Investigators are interested in questioning the preacher said to have been praying with the family as part of the investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths.

Magu’s three children disappeared on Tuesday last week after their father left with them from their Muthaiga Pipeline estate home for ‘shopping.’ Magu returned home two hours later but without the kids.

The body of the youngest, Tiffany aged five years, was found in a thicket in Ruiru on Monday, nearly a week after she was last seen alive.

The deceased was 35-years old while his wife was 34.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Red Cross joined in the search for the two missing children, accompanied by the Kiambu County Government crew led by the Chief of Staff Sammy Onyango.

READ: Massive search mounted for missing Magu boys

The search was conducted in the expansive Tatu City garden and later extended to four other areas including Zimmerman where Magu is believed to have gone before he died.

Magu died after he was hit by a bus on the Thika-Garissa highway in a suspected suicide case last week. He is suspected to have committed suicide after killing his wife whose body was found on Kiambu road three days earlier.

The mutilated body of Magu’s wife Lydia was found on Kiambu Road on Monday last week.

Police had earlier thought his wife’s death was a result of a road accident, but got more curious when they realised it was partly burnt.

Detectives later visited the family’s home and discovered some blood stains in a room, leading to more mystery about the deaths.

Police have said they are investigating if the deaths have anything to do with suicide, murder or ritual sacrifice following reports that Magu was a successful lawyer four years ago, but quit when he became too religious and changed churches before he started avoiding some of his family members.

A post-mortem exercise was carried out on the bodies of the couple on Tuesday.

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