A house help accused of stealing Ksh4 million from her employer three weeks ago has been arrested in Gachie, Kiambu County.
The suspect, Miriam Mwelu, was arrested at a witch doctor's house in the company of her boyfriend identified as Timothy Akoi.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Mwelu had gone to the witch doctor's house to seek protection from the police.
Busted performing rituals at witch doctor's house
Apparently, she was busted busy performing rituals to evade the long arm of the law.
"The detectives arrived in time as the suspect was being immersed in a basin containing a concoction of blood drawn from a dead fowl, whose features resembled those of a cockerel," DCI said.
CRIMINALS TURN TO WITCHCRAFT TO EVADE ARREST BY DCI SLEUTHS
Criminals have resorted to witchcraft and other unorthodox methods, in a bid to evade detection by our hawk-eyed detectives, as DCI intensifies its onslaught against criminals and criminal gangs in the country. pic.twitter.com/U5QNlJsRHz— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) July 20, 2022
Upon noticing the detectives, the elderly witch doctor pronounced endless incantations in an attempt to keep them at bay, DCI revealed.
"But that did not deter the sleuths from executing their mission much to the bemusement of Mwelu, who had closed her eyes expecting the sleuths to vanish," DCI added.
"She couldn’t come to terms with reality after the in-charge of the operation told her ‘mama bado tuko hapa vaa nguo twende' (mom where are still he dress up, we leave)."
The detectives recovered a set of paraphernalia forming part of the witch doctor’s tools of trade including horns, feathers and cowrie shells.
According to the DCI, among the services the witch doctor purported to offer was 'Kutoshikwa na DCI' (protection from the cops) attracting a fee of Ksh5,000.
The suspect is said to have led the sleuths to her parents' home in Ithanga, Murang’a county, where Ksh1.57million was recovered.
"Also recovered was the jewellery stolen from the woman’s employer," DCI added.
The George Kinoti-led directorate has cautioned members of the public from seeking the services of wizards, in an attempt to escape the police dragnet.
"Detectives rely on actionable intelligence supported forensically through science that cannot be challenged by the dark powers of a witch doctor," DCI cautioned.