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Bank receipts in Catholic priest’s murder recovered as probe intensifies

Receipts showing how money was withdrawn from the priest’s account; his car was also re-painted from black to white. /DCI.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Detectives investigating the murder of Machakos Catholic Priest Michael Maingi Kyengo have recovered transaction receipts and other evidence showing how a prime suspect in custody withdrew money from his account, two days after his brutal killing.

The receipts and other evidence was recovered at a house in Mnarani, Kilifi County, according to detectives at the DCI Headquarters who are investigating the murder.

“We have also identified where the priest’s vehicle was re-painted from black to white,” a detective told Capital FM News, “We found the receipts in another rented house in Kilifi where the prime suspect had gone to stay after committing the murder.”

In Kilifim the main suspect is said to have rented the house where blood-stained clothes, supermarket receipts, and newly purchased items worth Sh60,000 were recovered.

The recovery follows the discovery of another house in Mwea where the priest was killed and a knife thrown in a pit latrine. The killer weapon was recovered last week.

DCI boss George Kinoti said, “the house was rented two days after the act.”

On October 16, detectives from the DCI’s homicide department, with the help of new technology, pieced together all the information and traced his vehicle to Mombasa Road where they exchanged gunshots with occupants and managed to arrest one. The rest fled.

Evidence so far gathered by detectives show that the priest was kidnapped while traveling to his Thatha parish in Masinga within Machakos County.

He was later taken to Mwea, at a house belonging to one of the suspects where he was killed before his body was cut into pieces and stuffed in a gunny bag which was found buried in a shallow grave on a dry river bed in Embu.

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A knife believed to have been used in the killing of the Machakos priest.

Detectives have said they are also investigating claims by one of the suspects in custody who confessed to have had had a romantic relationship with the deceased.

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