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DJ Fatxo’s fate to be decided as DCI closes inquest into Jeff Mwathi’s death

On Wednesday, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said it had concluded investigations into the death of Jeff Mwathi, 23, who died in unclear circumstances on February 22, 2023.

This means that Mugithi singer Lawrence Njuguna, popularly known as DJ Fatxo, whose house the interior designer fell from, may soon know his fate concerning Mwathi’s death.

Jeff Mwathi, Redwood Apartments where he met his death in DJ Fatxo's apartment.
Jeff Mwathi, Redwood Apartments where he met his death in DJ Fatxo’s apartment. PHOTO| COURTESY

According to the DCI, the homicide squad, which has been investigating the incident, has received an autopsy report from the government pathologist and chemist following a fresh probe into the death ordered by DCI director Mohamed Amin.

The investigators said they had forwarded the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Wednesday evening for review and advice.

The investigating team has apparently asked the DPP to act on various findings they made in the murder of the slain interior designer, officials with knowledge of the recommendations said.

“The homicide squad, which has been investigating the incident, has received an autopsy report from the state pathologist and the state chemist following a fresh inquest into the death ordered by the DCI director, Mr Mohamed Amin,” the DCI said in a statement on Wednesday night.

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The DCI did not disclose what they had recommended to the DPP for action.

A second post-mortem on Mwathi found that he died from severe head and limb injuries.

The government chemist’s report also sought to establish whether he had been sexually assaulted.

The DCI refused to disclose the findings.

Chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor found that he had severe head injuries.

He also had fractures to his upper and lower limbs and neck.

“I have established that he had severe head injuries, almost to the point of skull fracture,” the pathologist said.

Homicide detectives were part of the team that exhumed and re-examined the body, which had been buried at his parents’ home in Likia, Njoro Sub-County, in Nakuru.

He was exhumed on 31 March 2023 and later reburied.

The fresh autopsy, which took place hours after the body was exhumed, was witnessed by family members.

After the team visited the scene for reconstruction and forensic analysis, they found signs of a struggle inside DJ Fatxo’s house.

He was reportedly hired by DJ Fatxo for an interior design job but ended up dead outside the entertainer’s Safari Park compound.

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DJ Fatxo, who has maintained his innocence, believes the truth will exonerate him. Speaking to journalists last month, he said: “We all want to know the truth. We believe justice will prevail.

Investigators, who have ruled out suicide, believe Mwathi was murdered before being dumped to cover it up and make it look like suicide.

It was initially reported that Mwathi had jumped from the bedroom window, but this has been ruled out as it is impossible for an adult to fit into the narrow window frames.

But his family, including popular musician Samuel Muchoki aka Samidoh, who is his uncle, have expressed reservations about the initial reports of what killed him.

Detectives said they were now moving to the second phase of the investigation, where several persons of interest would be questioned and appropriate recommendations made to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

All five people who were at DJ Fatxo’s house at the time of the incident were questioned.

Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome had said that the police had found gaps in the case and needed to exhume the body to aid their investigations.

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