Joseph Muchiri, the estranged husband of murdered Nakuru woman, Faith Wangui, left behind a note, saying he resorted to suicide because “everyone, particularly Wangui’s elder brother Joseph Mwangi, was blaming him for Wangui’s death”.
Nakuru County Police Commander, Stephen Matu, told K24 Digital on Tuesday, November 19, that 29-year-old Muchiri’s body was found hanging from a rope tied to a tree in Muthera Farm, Mau Narok in Njoro Sub-County.
“Muchiri left behind a suicide note, which we found in his pocket,” said Matu.
“In the letter, he says; and I quote: ‘I cannot withstand losing my precious wife. I am being blamed for her death. Let me now follow her’,” said Matu.
Wangui’s brother, Joseph Mwangi, said he was at the Nakuru County Hospital Mortuary waiting to receive his sister’s autopsy results, when a police vehicle arrived carrying the body of a middle-aged man, who was later identified as Joseph Muchiri.
“We had gone to receive our sister’s postmortem report, when a police vehicle arrived from Njoro. We heard that there was a middle-aged man who was found dead at Mau Narok. At first, we did not know who he was. Muchiri’s father, who was present at the hospital, told us that he had been asked to come to the facility to confirm whether the deceased was his son. He positively identified the man as Joseph Muchiri, his son,” Mwangi told K24 Digital.
“We wish he [Muchiri] was alive to tell us what transpired before our sister’s death,” added Mwangi, revealing that Wangui succumbed to strangulation.
“Her windpipe was badly damaged,” he said.
Wangui’s body was on Saturday evening (November 16) found dumped in a thicket near Menengai Crater in Kiamaina Ward in Bahati, Nakuru County.
She had gone missing since Sunday, November 10, in Nakuru shortly after meeting her estranged husband, Joseph Muchiri, at around 9pm.
Wangui, the third born in a family of four siblings (three sisters and one brother), worked as a waitress in one of the restaurants in Murang’a Town, and would regularly visit her family in Maili Sita, Nakuru County.
Faith Wangui’s body was found badly deformed with her face nearly-unrecognisable after she was doused in acid. Her arm and breast were missing, with authorities suspecting that wild animals fed on the body parts.
Her brother, Joseph Mwangi, recounted to K24 Digital his sister’s last moments on Sunday.
Mwangi said Faith Wangui, a mother of two daughters aged 6 and 2, had taken the kids to spend the December holiday with their grandmother.
“Faith and Muchiri were an estranged couple. They had separated for nearly a year, but would meet often. When she arrived home on Saturday, November 9, she spent the night at home.
The following day, Sunday, she woke up, prepared herself for church, and left at 9am,” said Mwangi
“She did not return home. At 7pm, she called and told me that she was planning to meet someone in the central business district. Later, my family members were informed that she had been spotted in the company of Muchiri in a nightclub in Nakuru Town. The two reportedly left the entertainment joint at 9:30pm. That was the last time she was seen in public. Our attempts to reach her on phone were fruitless as her cellphone line remained offline,” said Mwangi.
Mwangi said they filed a missing person’s report on Wednesday, November 13, at Kiamaina police post.
“My sister’s relationship with Muchiri was frosty for the past one year. However, she recently began cozying up to him to the extent she would come to Nakuru, go straight to Muchiri’s place, spend a night or two there, and leave for Murang’a without stopping by at home,” said Mwangi.
Faith Wangui was raped and, thereafter, killed. A postmortem examination conducted on Wangui showed her cause of death was strangulation.
The 25-year-old’s body was taken to a Nakuru County Hospital morgue as police looked for the now-late Muchiri, whom they treated as the prime suspect in the murder.