By Nyaboga Kiage.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers on Friday night (January 8) arrested a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student over the brutal killing of four members of one family and their farmhand in Karura Village in Kiambu County.
Lawrence Warunge, who is the first-born child of the murdered couple, was arrested while putting up at a relative’s place in Kabete, DCI detectives say.
The investigators say they would interrogate Lawrence with the aim of finding out why he remained silent throughout despite his parents, brother and cousin being killed in cold blood on Tuesday night.
“We also want to interrogate the relative who was housing the boy,” said a DCI detective, who spoke in confidence to Mediamax Digital.
The informant said that the university student has “confessed to a number of things, which would be crucial to the investigations”.
Police said Friday that they traced Lawrence Warunge’s phone signal to Mai Mahiu, where the gadget was switched off to date.
It is alleged that clothes won by Warunge were burnt at the scene, Mai Mahiu, hours after the Tuesday fatal attacks, with authorities investigating whether Lawrence took part in his family’s wipe-out.
Police believe that at least five aggressors took part in the killing of the kiambu family and their farmhand.
The suspects are said to have used a saloon car and a motorbike to travel to and from the scene of crime.
The patriarch, Nicholas Njoroge, a 55-year-old US-based nurse from Kiambu County, suffered 34 stab wounds to the chest.
Njoroge, his wife, their son and nephew were found murdered and their bodies dumped in their home in Karura.
Njoroge’s body was found outside his family home at Karura ka Murimo Wednesday morning. That of his wife Anne Njoroge, also a nurse, was recovered in the kitchen of their family home.