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Strathmore University student turns himself in after killing landlady’s three-year-old child

A third year student at Strathmore University in Nairobi has surrendered to the police after brutally killing a three year old girl last week.

The murder took place on the October 19, 2016 at 2am in High View Estate Phase 11 in Ngumo, where the student had rented a room from the young girl’s mother.

According to the relatives of the deceased, on the night he committed the crime, the 23-year-old student woke up at 2am and proceeded to his landlady’s bedroom and without uttering a word, he started attacking her, inflicting serious injuries on her body before locking her inside.

The suspect, who has been identified as Marjanein Ndere Indahaso, took off with the 3-year-old girl who was sleeping next to her mother to his rented room on the ground floor.

“He took her to his room downstairs and locked himself up and the girl in his room and began stepping on her head and neck,” said Catherine Muganda, an aunt of the deceased.


The child died hours later while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital while her mother was nursing injuries at home but in a stable condition.

Kilimani police boss Paul Kattam said the suspect used a knife to inflict injuries to the child. Mr Kattam added that police suspect the student and girl’s mother had a romantic relationship.

“What we can say is that the two were friends, how close or how intimate we cannot tell but from the look of things, the murder and assault might have been as a result of love related issues,” Mr Kattam said.

Strathmore University, while confirming that the suspect is a student at the institution, regretted the unfortunate incident.

“The suspect in the incident is a student and from our records has been attending classes in our University. As of now, the University does not have any further facts since the matter is under police investigation. The community is deeply saddened and shocked by this incident and condoles with the family,” the university said in a statement.