Family seeks justice for son who was allegedly killed by his employer for stealing chicken

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 24 Oct, 2021 16:41 | < 1 min read
Lydia Wanjiku (left) auntie Maina Ephantus Kaguru, Maina's father and another relative outside Murang'a police station where they had gone to follow up the murder of their kin. PHOTO/ Wangari Njuguna

One family from Kahuro Kiharu Murang’a is seeking justice for their son who was allegedly killed by his employer and his body thrown in to the river.

Geoffrey Maina aged 36 years was working as a farm hand in one of the homes in the neighbourhood where his employer accused him of stealing his chicken.

According to the deceased father Ephantus Kaguru, Maina’s the employer allegedly hired a few men in the area to beat up Maina as a way of ‘disciplining’ him.

Kaguru said they suspect the hired goons beat his son to death before dumping his body in the river in efforts to conceal the evidence.

“We became concerned when Maina did not come back home last Saturday as he is used to, and we went out to look for him to no avail,” he said.

Their five days search for him bore tragic news after his body was found floating in river Mathioya several kilometres from his home.

Lydia Wanjiku, auntie to the deceased, said the body had physical injuries on it indicating that those who killed him had tortured him.

“He had a cut on his face and appeared to have been hit with a blunt object on the head and his legs were swollen” she said.

The family is now demanding justice for their son and have those who were involved in the murder arrested.

“If the employer had compelling evidence that Maina had stolen anything from him, he should have reported to the police and have him arrested instead of taking the law into his own hands,”added the auntie.

Police are pursuing six suspects who are said to have gone into hiding after committing the act as they dig deeper into the matter.

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