Police arrest two in connection with University student’s murder
Police have arrested two suspects believed to have been involved in the brutal murder of a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student.
The Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI) has named the two suspects as Joseph Muchiri, alias Agent, 22, and Paul Mbatha, 20.
They were arrested on Wednesday following a manhunt launched by undercover agents.
DCI said their arrest followed a detailed forensic analysis of the scene conducted by Crime Scene experts based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory, leading the detectives to the identity of the suspects.
“The first suspect was seized from his hideout in Kiandutu, Thika town, while the second was arrested in Gachororo, Juja area, as he tried to escape our dragnet that had been extended to Kiambu County.”
The detectives on the case say they are closing in on the third suspect with efforts to nab him already at an advanced stage.
The fourth-year student met his death in the most cold-hearted manner after three men accosted him and his girlfriend as they were headed for a friend’s house to seek revision materials.
“The 23-year-old had been revising for his examinations and told his girlfriend to accompany him to one of his classmate’s residence to pick a revision material, DCI said.
Following the 2am incident that engulfed the JKUAT fraternity and its environs in a sombre mood, special teams of detectives from the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) were dispatched to hunt the suspects.
Juja DCIO boss Richard Mwaura disclosed the breakthrough as he attempted to calm irate JKUAT students who on Wednesday protested the killing of their fellow students.
The students wanted the police to expedite investigations into the incident and bring Juma’s killers to book.