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A suspect arraigned in court in connection with murder of a prison wardress

A  boyfriend  of  the slain Murang’a Prison wardress was on Thursday arraigned before a Murang’a Court  on  murder  charges.

The  prosecution applied before the court to detain Peterson Mwaura Njiru in custody for two weeks so as to allow

prosecution complete investigations before he stands trial.

The  Murang’a Criminal Investigations Officer, Abdullahi  Ali  made the application before Resident Magistrate (RM), Sheila  Nyaga  to hold the suspect at Murang’a police station for 14 days.

Ali  told  the court that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday; the day the body of Pauline Wangari was found lying in  her house.

The  officer said from the records they possess, the suspect has been a frequent visitor to the house of the wardress who until her death was attached to Murang’a GK Prison.

“The  suspect is a person of interest having been a boyfriend to Pauline Wangari, or he could have been involved or assist in the investigations,” said  Ali in his application.

The  RM   allowed  the police  to detain Njiru for  two weeks  and scheduled  the  case  to be mentioned on May 30.

Nyaga said during the given period, the  prisons should  organise  for the suspect  to  be taken  for  psychiatric

examination to determine  whether he can stand murder trial.

The  Body  of  Wangari, aged 24 years, was found by her colleagues lying on her bed after she went missing for three days.

The  body  had several stabs wounds on the back, shoulders and stomach. The knife suspected to have been used was  found placed on the body.

The  Murang’a Police County Commander told KNA that they were pursuing more suspects.

By  Bernard  Munyao/Hilda Wambui

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