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Update on TRM Drive murder: Foreign national arrested at JKIA

Detectives on Tuesday, January 16, evening arrested a foreign national at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on suspicion of being behind the murder of a woman whose mutilated body was found in a dustbin in Roysambu area, Nairobi.

The foreign national whose identity is yet to be revealed is said to have been travelling on a Mozambican passport and was intercepted before boarding the plane.

He was questioned at the airport before being transferred to Kasarani Police Station pending identification.

“It is too early to say if he is the man wanted over the murder or not. We have to wait,” said a police officer.

It has also emerged that the victim was 20-years-old a student at a local university and she met the suspect on Instagram and traveled from Athi River where she resided to meet with the would-be killer.

The family of the girl positively identified her on Monday, but police said that they will first conduct a DNA examination to ensure all the body parts collected from a dumpster belong to the same person.

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The woman who was brutally murdered had checked at a short-term rental apartment in the Green House Apartment B1 with an unknown man on Thika Road Mall (TRM) Drive in Kasarani Sub-County on Saturday.

Pricilla Wangui Maina, the owner of the apartment told police on Sunday, January 14, 2024, that they were called to find out if the duo who booked the apartment had checked out after traces of blood were found in the house.

Police officers at the scene then found the body of a woman who had been chopped into pieces and the pieces stuffed into polythene bags which the killer dumped in the dustbin of the flat.

Police are yet to find the head of the woman which was missing from the scene.

A review of the CCTV footage showed that the main suspect was dressed in black jeans, a black pullover, a white cap, and glasses carrying a black handbag which police believe contained the murder weapons.