Kiambu main murder suspect planned to use carbon monoxide to kill family, murder plan aborted 3 times

Monday, January 11th, 2021 20:31 |
Main suspect Simon Warunge

Two suspects of the macabre murders  of five people, four of them family members were arraigned at the Kiambu High Court on Monday but no charges were preferred against them.

The office of the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) sought to be given 14 days to complete investigations with Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi granting the same.

"Whereas it has been proved to me on oath that for purpose of investigations  that it is necessary for the respondents to be remanded, I order that they be remanded at Gigiri and Muthaiga police stations respectively or any other police station within the republic of Kenya," she said.

The Chief Magistrate directed that the matter be mentioned on 25th, January 2021. 

The seemingly remorsefully duo, Lawrence Simon Warunge and his girlfriend Sarah Muthoni Njuguna sat two meters apart in the dock with their face masks on as the homicide detective IP Peter Kamau read his sworn affidavit.

Warunge, 22, who has confessed to the murder of his parents, two siblings and a farmhand, and had described his parents to police as “satanic and killers” had planned the murder for about three months.

He had, however, told the girlfriend that there was something he wanted to do that would make them live in peace, for the rest of their life.

During this period, even as he watched movies, he also practiced how to camouflage, and commit the horrendous act without being noticed.

An investigation has revealed shocking revelation how the macabre massacre, which aborted three times with the second last planned for January 2, was planned and executed.

That Tuesday he tried to convince the girlfriend, a teetotaller, to drink and smoke bhang, in vain. He expected the girl to pass out as he rushed to his rural home and butcher his kin and come back. He had hoped to use the girlfriend as an alibi after killing his family using carbon monoxide.

Detectives from the Homicide and the Crime Scene Investigations Units at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Saturday recovered crucial exhibits that has unravelled the multiple-victim homicide..

The suspect had alleged that he felt neglected by the parents, and that his younger siblings were also siding with the parents.

“He claimed that he felt that the parents were out to kill him,” a senior detective told People Daily.

First, the shoe prints impressions at the scene of crime which were recorded and documented at the scene matched those of the shoes that were recovered in Mai Mahiu on Saturday.

Detectives had done documentation to scale and later confirmed the measurements and sole patterns matched those of the shoes recovered in Mai Mahiu.

Though it was initially suspected that there were at least three killers at the scene, the probe had confirmed that the suspect was alone.

After his shoes got soaked in blood, he removed them and walked in the house in his socks. He would later put on the shoes which were recovered in Mai Mahiu before finally putting on a woman’s shoes. He bought the lady’s shoes in Thika.

Detectives have managed, through thorough probe and suspect’s confession to establish what transpired that fateful day.

Warunge asked the girlfriend to buy for him a knife in Thika. The nine-inch knife, with a metallic handle, was among the exhibits recovered on Saturday.

At Thika, the suspect also bought a pair of trousers, a jacket, a lady’s shoes, a piece of wigs and a female doll. He later cut off the doll’s head.

From Thika, the suspect proceeded to Nairobi CBD where he visited Uhuru Park and Holy Family Basilica.

Fearing that he could be searched at the church, he proceeded to one of the supermarkets where he deposited his luggage which were in a red carrier bag, containing the things he bought, plus the knife.

He left the supermarket with the luggage tag, leaving his bag behind, and proceeded to the church. At around 4pm, he went and boarded a Limuru-bound passenger vehicle and on reaching Limuru he took another vehicle home in Wangunyu, Kia.

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