NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 25 – Mystery continues to hover around the gruesome killing of ex-treasury official Judith Wanjiku, 73, and her 47-year-old daughter Catherine Nyaguthie, as detectives try to piece together information on their last movements, in a bid to pin down the perpetrators.
Wanjiku’s husband who has been ailing for more than a decade is admitted at a city hospital, where he is undergoing treatment.
It is believed Wajiku and Nyaguthie spent their last moments at his bedside before they met their death.
Police have already written to communications service providers, asking them to provide the phone data of the deceased, so that they can establish who last called to them.
“It is a unique case that has never happened around this area again,” Makadara CID boss Henry Kiambati told journalists after recording statements from relatives.
“We are trying to piece the information together so that we can get those who committed the incident.”
They have since dusted the house for evidence that may lead to the arrest and subsequent prosecution of those involved.
What was the motive? Who strangled the mother and daughter?
It is a set of questions detectives hope will be answered once ongoing investigations are concluded.
The two were killed inside their four-bedroom mansion in Golden Gate Estate in South B, Nairobi. When the act was committed however remains a puzzle as is on who committed and for what reason.
Preliminary investigations reveal nothing was stolen from their house.
According to multiple interviews covering neighbours, security guards, relatives, and detectives, the two were last seen late Saturday night, after they were dropped from a Toyota Landcruiser Prado, whose registration remains unknown.
Police were hoping to get CCTV footage from adjacent houses for them to be able to see the car’s registration number.
“They first came at 11 pm (Saturday night) and shortly after left, but returned at about 2.30 am,” a guard who was manning the estate gate on that night told Capital FM News.
According to the guard, no other person walked into their house – at least from the back gate.
Who then killed them?
Their home has two entrances – the main gate, which is shared among other residents and the back door leading to the servant quarters.
On that night, they used the back door to access their house.
Also residing within Wanjiku’s compound is lady who had rented a servant quarter. The lady is however said to have been away on the fateful night as she’d always visit a relative over on weekends.
On Sunday evening, more than 12 hours after the two walked into their house, Wanjiku’s sister Peris Wambui visited.
“A few minutes after she (Wambui) walked in, we heard her screaming,” Julius Famba, a security guard told Capital News.
“She was screaming and crying at the same time. We knew something bad had happened at this point.”
Wambui found her sister in her bedroom soaked in her own blood, lifeless, with her neck tied with a sisal rope, while in the adjacent bedroom, her daughter was lying on the floor dead.
Wanjiku’s family was still in shock when Capital News visited their South B home on Tuesday.
“I have lost an amazing aunt and cousin. Nyaguthie was the cousin who would bring people together,” Eric Mwangi, a relative said. “We could not find anything that was stolen. We can’t really say it was a robbery incident.”
An autopsy is set to carried out on the two bodies on Wednesday at the Chiromo Funeral Parlour.
Such cases have been on the rise over the last two years according to police statistics.
According to the 2018 National Annual Crime Report, cases of homicide increased last year by 3 per cent, in a year that saw 88,268 cases of crime reported to police across the country.
The report by the National Police Service indicates that there were 2,856 cases of homicide in 2018, compared to 2,774 in 2017.