A Malindi court has ordered the exhumation of the bodies of two minors who are believed to have been starved and later suffocated to death.
According to detectives, the motive to starve the minors is alleged to make them die and become heroes before God after death.
The chilling details of how Evabra Dito Ngala alongside his sibling Seth Hinzano Ngala died were laid bare before Malindi senior principal magistrate James Ongondo.
The investigating Officer Joseph Yator, drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Malindi, informed the court that a third child named Ibrahim Gandi Ngala was rescued by police officers while he was about to be suffocated to death.
"The rescued child narrated the sufferings his two siblings underwent after being starved for some time before their mother suffocated them to death. The motive was to make them die and be heroes before death after they are killed," he stated.
Yator further told the court that the suspects namely Issac Ngala, Emily Kaunga and Paul Mackenzie buried the two minors on March 16 and 17 respectively in shallow graves at Shakahola village within Malindi in accordance with their faith so that they would easily leave the graves and fly to heaven.
"After officers visited their home, the suspects on seeing them ran away. One child aged 8, who was under starvation, was awaiting his death. He was rescued and he is receiving treatment at a local hospital," he told court.
The magistrate ordered the two bodies to be exhumed for the purposes of undergoing postmortem analysis and DNA sampling to ascertain the cause of death.
"Under the supervision of the government pathologist and officers drawn from DCI Malindi to supervise the exhumation exercise, the sub-county police commander and the area OCS to provide security during exhumation and the exhumed bodies to be examined and extraction of DNA and toxicological samples be taken at the grave site or any other place as will be advised by the government pathologist," the magistrate said.