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Landlady in court for allegedly helping tenant to dispose a body

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A landlady in Nairobi’s Umoja estate has been arraigned in court over for allegedly aiding an evicted tenant to dispose the body of an unidentified woman.

Nancy Wanja Njuguna and Kennedy Otieno Omar were accused of knowingly helping David Migwi Kariuki escape punishment while knowing he was guilty of murder.

The two who were arraigned at Milimani law courts were accused of hiring Omar, garbage collector Nicholas Kimathi and another man to remove the body from the scene of the incident and dump it at Tumaini Primary School in Umoja.

Omar is reported to have wrapped the body in wedding decor materials before Kimathi dumped it at the school.

Speaking in court, Kimathi argued that he did not know the contents as Omar and the other suspect who is on the run only identified as Kamau had just asked him to take the materials to a dumpsite.

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“I did not remove anything from the house as, by the time I was called, Omar and another man had already removed everything to a corridor outside the house. There was a smell but I assumed the materials were smelling because of being water-drenched and I did not bother to check because they were heaps,” he said

In an affidavit, Inspector John Kanampiu from the Buruburu DCI offices told the court the police received information about a human body in the school compound and immediately launched investigations into the matter.

The body had been left in Njuguna’s house by Kariuki but the landlord had no details the tenant such as copies of the national ID and phone number or next of kin. Kanampiu said Njuguna had decided to lock the house after Kariuki failed to pay rent for several months.

“After locking the house, the suspect who is on the run came back, broke into the house taking his belongings and leaving behind huge bales of wedding decor materials and a blue water tank,” Kanampiu stated in an affidavit filed in at the Makadara law courts.

Kariuki, 42, has been linked to the murder of another woman whose body parts were also collected in different parts of Nairobi in April 2019. He was arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives in Ruai where he had relocated after the latest murder.