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Justice for Ebbie: Ex-Deputy Principal linked to death of student

By Nyaboga Kiage January 31st, 2023 2 min read

Ms Elizabeth Wairimu Gatimu, a former Deputy Principal of Gatanga CCM Secondary School, was taken into police custody and will be kept there for another 7 days after being linked to the death of a student that happened 3 years ago.

She appeared in a Kiambu court on Monday, January 30th, 2023, and the decision was made to detain her further while investigations continued.

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In addition, the court also ordered that she undergoes a mental assessment at Mathari Mental Hospital and plans are underway to take her there.

After the seven days elapse, Ms Wairimu is expected to be arraigned in the High Court for plea taking.

In April last year, Nairobi News investigated the matter, which showed that administrators of the school where a Form one student died three years ago worked round the clock to defeat justice.

This saw the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) say that they had cracked the case and realised that the management had issued false statements about the murder of the student.

The DCI said statements issued by witnesses contradicted the administrators’ version of events.

However, the DCI did not reveal its action against the suspect, even as some Kenyans accused the institution of being reactionary.

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The statement said the DCI’s Homicide Director Martin Nyuguto took over the case on January 10.

Evidence shows that Ebbie was assaulted by a senior staff member, who accused her of styling her hair, which was against school rules.

He said she was assaulted during evening classes or preps, minutes before the 9 pm bell rang.

Ebbie retired to bed that night with severe pain. That was the last time her classmates saw her alive; efforts to wake her up the following morning were futile.

The school had informed detectives that the “Form One student had fallen from her bed the night before her classmates noticed her motionless body”.

Then, the school principal rushed her to the hospital and asked the mother to head there alone.

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