GSU officer confesses to killing mother, daughter

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 13:06 | By
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A GSU officer believed to have been part of a gang that killed a mother and her daughter in Katani Machakos over the weekend has confessed to murder.

Appearing before Milimani senior resident magistrate  Muthoni Nzibe,  Antony Kilonzo Sammy said he decided to confess to killing businesswoman Purity Wanjiru, 35, and her mother Anne Gatiti, 60, after interrogation by detectives.

"As a police officer when l was  as interrogated by the investigators l decided to confess. I was approached by a friend to go help do the job of killing the woman," said Kilonzo.

But the magistrate stopped him from going on with the confession, saying he needed a lawyer.

Nzibe further order the suspect be held  at Kilimani Police station for another 21 days to allow police complete investigations into the murder.

The court further ordered that Kilonzo be taken for mental assessment to ascertain if he is fit to stand trial before prosecution files murder charges against him.

While seeking more days to continue detaining the suspect, investigating officer Ezekiel Ngode informed the court that  the GSU officer has since  led them to recover two rifles that were used in the murder of the two.

Ngode said that GSU officer has volunteered information which will assist in the arrest of more suspects who have since escaped to Mombasa, Kisii, Busia and Murang'a areas. 

The investigating officer said that postmortem examination has not been performed on the bodies of the said deceased since the husband is still in hospital.  

"That the suspect, if positively identified, will be charged with the offences of murder and robbery with violence," said Ngode.

The court was informed that on October 26, 2019 at about 9:30 pm, the victims in the matter were headed home within Katani area after the day's work at their Mulolongo wines and spirit shop when they were attacked by five armed gunmen as they approached their gate.

As a result, two victims were fatally shot and the third one seriously injured and admitted at  Shalom hospital.

Ngode also  informed the court  that the Kilonzo, who is attached to GSU Embakasi B campus Garrison  section, was later found admitted at Komarock modern Hospital with a gunshot wound having deceived the management that he had accidentally shot himself while performing duty within the camp.

"That upon reporting to the relevant authorities by the hospital administration, it was later established that the suspect had absented himself from duties since October 23, 2019 and his whereabouts were unknown," said the officer.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday by special crime prevention unit.

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