In Summary
  • Police findings have since revealed a well-calculated plot by the army major to murder his entire family and cover his tracks.

  • From the timing of the invite for his estranged wife and children to visit him at the Nanyuki army base.

  • Ms Syombua andh her two children, Shanice Maua and Prince Michael, made the trip to Laikipia Airbase on October 25

Investigations into the murder of Joyce Syombua and her two children took a new twist Thursday after it emerged the prime suspect, Major Peter Mugure, was the commanding officer the day they were brutally murdered at the Laikipia Air Base.

As the commanding officer on duty that entire week, Major Mugure was in charge of ground operations, including security, and responsible for any emergencies. This squarely placed him above officers guarding the facility’s entrances and exits.

HEAVILY GUARDED

The police also say that he made multiple trips in and out of the military base on October 26 without having his vehicle checked.

Police findings have since revealed a well-calculated plot by the army officer to kill his entire family and cover his tracks.

From the timing of the invitation for his estranged wife and children to visit him at the Nanyuki air base, to where the bodies were disposed of, Major Mugure had the perfect plot to get away with murder.

Detectives believe that he leveraged his position and the absence of his senior colleagues from the barracks to kill Ms Syombua and her two children and later sneak their bodies out of the heavily guarded military base undetected.

DISPOSE BODIES

This comes amid revelations that a casual worker at the officers’ mess identified as Collins Pamba was offered an army job during this year’s military recruitment to help Major Mugure dispose of the bodies. Mr Pamba has been accused alongside the air force man of the triple homicide.

“He was the boss during that time. And we understand he was driving in an out of the area so many times, so even when he was sneaking out the bodies in his car, it was never searched,” a detective privy to the case told the Nation on condition of anonymity.

Ms Syombua and her two children, Shanice Maua and Prince Michael, made the trip to Laikipia Air Base on October 25. They were to stay with Major Mugure after he requested to spend several days with his children in preparation for Shanice’s birthday on November 1.

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