The key suspect in the murder of a couple and their baby in Kericho’s Motobo village last week has been arrested.
Confirming the arrest, Kericho County Commissioner (CC), Moses Mbaruku said the suspect was arrested at his rented house at Londiani junction along the Londiani – Kericho highway in Kipkellion East constituency on Monday night.
Speaking to the press in his office on Tuesday, Mbaruku said that the arrest was a breakthrough in the search of the killers of the Motobo family.
He said the suspect, Lenard Koskei alias Simon Ng’eno was nabbed with personal documents of the deceased family members and other crucial items that heavily connected him to the murder, adding police are pursuing crucial leads as they pursue more suspects.
Among the documents recovered from the suspect included the identity card ID of the late Bernard Langat, and his passport, driving license and Britam policy card as well as NSSF card of his late wife, Khadija Langat.
Some crude weapons the suspect(s) used in breaking into the houses of their victims were also recovered.
Other items that were recovered from the house included a laptop, keyboard, microwave and a sewing machine.
The late Bernard Langat, his wife, Khadija Langat and their five year old boy were murdered in cold blood last week in their Melit home in Motobo village in the outskirts of Kericho town.
Meanwhile, Mbaruku urged Landlords and owners of rental houses in Kericho, lodges and guest houses to cooperate with the government by ensuring that all tenants provide a record of their personal details before they are housed.
Mbaruku said landlords should keep a register of their tenants and those carrying out building works or projects in the county and share the same with relevant authorities.
The CC at the same time, constituted security committees in seven centers along the Kericho and Kapsoit highway to help in enhancing security. The involved centres are Londiani, Kedowa, Chepseon, Chepsir, Brooke, Kericho town, and Kapsoit.
The murder of the motobo family raises to five the murder incidents that have been reported in Kericho County in the last one year.
The incidents include the Litein murder of 73 year old grandmother, Anne Chepkwony and that of Cheborge high school teacher, Willy Sang and his wife, Evelyn Sang who were eliminated in their Chesingoro home mid last year.
By Dominic Cheres