In Summary
  • Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said on Sunday that the killers ensured that they stabbed the baby.

  • An autopsy on the second-year medical records and information student’s body showed that she was strangled and stabbed eight times.

  • Investigations have also revealed that more people than previously thought were involved in the abduction and murder.

The seven-month-old foetus in Ms Sharon Otieno’s womb may have been the key target of her gruesome murder last week, detectives investigating the case believe.

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said on Sunday that the killers ensured that they stabbed the baby. An autopsy on the second-year medical records and information student’s body showed that she was strangled and stabbed eight times — four on the back, three on the neck, and once on the left side of her abdomen — leading to excessive bleeding.

Mr Kinoti said he has watertight evidence that will lead to the successful prosecution of those who planned and executed the kidnapping and subsequent killing of the former Rongo University student.

Detectives believe a well-organised gang headed by a godfather and comprising an agent and several hitmen carefully planned and executed the double homicide that has shocked the nation.

GODFATHER

“The godfather hatched the plan,” said Mr Kinoti. “He is the key person who procured the offence and has a direct link to the agent, who is already in our custody.” He revealed that the agent was well connected to the hitmen who executed the actual kidnapping and murder of the student.

Ms Otieno was abducted on the evening of Monday last week alongside Nation journalist Barrack Oduor, but the reporter managed to escape by jumping off the kidnappers’ moving vehicle.

Mr Kinoti, responding to why it had taken long to arrest the culprits, said the investigation entails forensic examination of evidence and studying the complicated web of the underworld.

“This is an organised criminal ring that requires careful investigation and arrest so that we do not detain the wrong person, and also so that those we arrest do not jeopardise the arrests of others” Mr Kinoti said.

ABDUCTION

Investigations have also revealed that more people than previously thought were involved in the abduction and murder.

“The ring is thickening,” said Mr Kinoti. “The probe is bringing in more and more suspects as the days go by. Even those involved in the remotest way possible are as guilty as the person who actually stabbed Ms Otieno to death.”

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