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Wambui murder: Police change tune on Kori

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The mystery surrounding the murder of businesswoman Mary Wambui Kamangara has deepened after the investigating officers made an about-turn on the whereabouts of her husband at the time of the killing.

In their preliminary investigations, recounted to the media through sources on record and in confidence, the detectives said that Ms Kamangara was killed at an apartment in Fourways Junction, where husband’s mistress Judy Wangui Mungai lives, in the presence of her husband, Mr Joseph Kori Karue.

Ms Mungai and Mr Karue, who were suspected of killing her, have been in custody for a week. They appeared in court last week, but detectives were allowed to hold them until February 13, when they are expected to take their pleas.

A motorist suspected of helping dispose of Ms Kamangara’s body in a dam in Juja, Kiambu County, was also arrested on Monday.

But that narrative has changed, with police now saying Mr Karue was nowhere near the murder scene.

They also say his car was not captured on the CCTV footage from Fourways Junction that they have reviewed.

“Based on his mobile phone records and his car-tracking device, he (Karue) was in Ngong on the day of the murder and left at 9pm, when he drove back to Roysambu. He was never at Fourways Junction,” said a detective.

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Yesterday, Mr Obed Kiio, the DCIO at the Juja Police Station, where the matter is being investigated, told the Nation that call data obtained from Safaricom indicated that Mr Karue was “not anywhere near the scene”.

However, Mr Kiio said detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the phone and the car were being controlled by a third party at the time to create an alibi for Mr Karue, adding that investigations were still going on.

Last Friday, the detectives, led by Mr Kiio and accompanied by Mr Karue, conducted a “field investigation”.

A detective explained that it involved combing the areas of interest, including corroborating evidence from people Mr Karue said he was with in Ngong that day.

A day after Ms Kamangara’s body was found, police sources said that she and Ms Mungai had gone to the latter’s home at around 5pm, a fact captured on CCTV.

In the house, police said, the two women found Mr Karue relaxing. His pictures were hanging on the wall. A scuffle ensued, and Ms Kamangara was fatally hurt with what police said was Mr Karue’s licensed gun.

A post-mortem conducted last Thursday revealed that she was clobbered with a blunt object before she was suffocated.

This version was confirmed by a senior detective at the Juja Police Station, who said Ms Mungai had said that Mr Karue was at the murder scene on Saturday night.

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He added that she had claimed that Mr Karue had offered her Sh2 million in exchange for silence over the murder.

Until police clear the air on how they gathered evidence on Mr Kamangara’s last moments and where Mr Karue was, many are likely to question the credibility of their investigations.

At around 9pm, Mr Karue is said to have called his parents in Mweiga, Nyeri County, to inform them that Ms Kamangara was missing, before sending another message that she had been kidnapped.

His parents dutifully passed on the information to his in-laws in Kandutura, Nakuru County.

But the question now is, if Mr Karue last saw his wife at 11am on the fateful day, and that she told him that afternoon that she was with Ms Mungai, as he told detectives, how did he know she had been kidnapped just minutes after returning to Roysambu? And what prompted him to call his parents to tell them his wife was missing?

“He said that when he realised that his wife and his mistress were together, he was so shocked that he didn’t talk much with the wife. When he returned home later in the night, she was not there and did not show until the following morning, when he saw the Facebook post,” Mr Kiio said yesterday.

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The Facebook post was about a woman whose body had been retrieved from a dam in Juja.

Mr Karue told police he was drawn to the photo by the clothes on the woman’s body because they resembled his wife’s.

He was arrested and led police to Fourways Junction, where his wife’s blood-stained clothes were found.

CCTV footage taken from Fourways Junction shows Ms Kamangara and Ms Mungai entering the estate at 6:24pm in the former’s car, a white Mercedes Benz saloon. The estate gate is manned by security guards 24 hours a day, and all visitors are required to notify their hosts or register their names and leave an identification document.

But the car left the estate at 21:57 with one occupant, a woman detectives believe was Ms Mungai.

Then, at about 11pm, police said, she returned to the estate in a different car.

Yesterday, Ms Kamangara’s family said she will be buried at Mr Karue’s rural home in Mweiga, according to Kikuyu customs. Ms Kamangara’s sister, Ms Esther Kamangara, said burial arrangements had been put on hold until Mr Karue is released.

The case will be mentioned on February 13.

Source: Nairobi News

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Australian arrested in Nairobi for interfering with CCTV cameras

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An Australian, Benjamin Gsull, has been arrested for allegedly covering and switching off CCTV cameras of an apartment in Nairobi.

Police had received complaints of an attempted house break-in and were carrying out investigations when they discovered him on the surveillance footage.

During a search in his house, police found two rounds of ammunition and a bag of bhang.

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Fourth woman in Kori love life emerges, says they have a son

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The last time they talked, Joseph Kori Karue told her that he did not have food to feed himself, let alone pay her son’s school fees.

This is the tale of Grace Wangari, the latest woman in Kori’s complicated love life.He asked her to be patient as he hustled for means, and she accepted like she had always done.

She believed him.It was not the first time he was saying that he did not have money anyway. He had no job so it was understandable why he was broke.

He had just moved from Kayole in Nairobi to Nakuru to try his luck in business. She was to join him once the business began to thrive.

That is how the script was supposed to go until he blocked her calls and disappeared, leaving her with a child and a Nokia 6805 flap phone as memories.

That was in 2012. She still has a picture of them together taken in Eldoret just before he went silent.He had made some money from his business and called her to visit him with his son.

In the photo, he his holding her from the back like a lover would as two bottles of Guinness and Fanta stand on the table before them.

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It was the last time they were together. The next time Grace would see Joseph Kori Karue was in the dock three weeks ago following the murder of his wife Mary Wambui.

“It was Kenyatta Day when he first walked into the restaurant. He was cool, smartly dressed and minding his own business,” she recalls.

“I don’t know how it happened but I just found myself serving his table and this became a habit,” she says.In Kori, she got her first boyfriend.

A year later, this love produced a son. They never moved in together but she says they loved each other. But unknown to her, Kori had a wife he never revealed who he lived in Kayole.

SOURCE: Standard Media

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‘Spider-Man’ breaking into apartments in Kilimani, Kileleshwa

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A sole burglar has been terrorizing residents of Kilimani and Kileleshwa, only armed with a bag and skills to scale one floor to another.

Those who have fallen victims have nicknamed him ‘Spider-Man’.

On Thursday night, the burglar is believed to have stolen a foreigner’s gun while on February 10, he managed to make away with a safe loaded with cash in one of the houses he broke into.

The victim was in shock when she woke up only to find all her cash mysteriously gone together with the safe.

“She was rushed to the hospital. The thought that someone was in your bedroom when asleep and you didn’t know is frightening,” a tenant within the affected apartments said.

He comes when everyone is asleep,” a Kilimani resident, whose apartment has fallen victim said on grounds of anonymity.
Capital FM News is in the possession of CCTV footage, showing a man on white sports shoes, a blue trouser and a grey t-shirt, confidently tiptoeing from one house to another.

He is also seen climbing the pillars effortlessly, floor after a floor, and even strolling for five minutes before he gets inside.

At one point, he is seen looking over the road as if enjoying the night breeze. He steps on the guardrail, holds firmly on a pillar and climbs up.

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