Police to detain suspect in Maigo murder for 5 days

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 06:30 | By
Police to detain suspect in Maigo murder for 5 days
Slain Nairobi Hospital finance director Erick Maigo. PHOTO/Courtesy

A woman at the centre of the gruesome murder of Nairobi Hospital finance director Erick Maigo (pictured) at his Woodley home in Kilimani area, Nairobi county will now spend five more days in custody pending investigations into the incident.

This is after Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi yesterday allowed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) plea to continue holding the prime suspect, Cynthia Lusenga Andayo alias Flora Akoth Okonda at Kilimani Police station to enable police complete investigations into the murder.

“I find that the application by the state seeking more time to continue holding the suspect has merit. I therefore order her to be detained at Kilimani police station for five days pending completion of the ongoing investigations over allegations of murder,” Ochoi ordered.

While seeking to have police allowed to hold Lusenga further, State prosecutor James Gachoka told the court that the detectives are investigating her in connection with the murder of Maigo who was stabbed 25 times.

“The suspect seated in the dock is the woman who was reportedly with the deceased at the time of his death and she is being treated as the prime suspect in the murder of Maigo. Investigations so far conducted by police shows that the deceased’s body was found with several stab wounds mainly at the chest and the others on his sides. l urge the court to allow police to finalise the investigations in the matter before she is charged with murder,” Gachoka told the court.

He also informed the court that police are hunting for Lusenga’s accomplices who are on the run following the murder.

Gachoka also stated that police need more time to enable them to escort the woman for mental assessment before she is charged with murder.

An affidavit filed in court by investigating officer Patrick Boge states that Lusenga was arrested on Friday, September 15, 2023 at her hideout at Elgeyo-Marakwet road within Kilimani area and booked at Kibera police station before the matter was taken over by DCl detectives from Kilimani police station.

Murder scene

She is said to have fled the scene of murder by jumping through the window after allegedly committing the murder, according to the detectives.

“The respondent was arrested following a report of murder at Woodley annex upper in Kibra within Kilimani area. The report was made by one Amina Kamora at Kibra Police Station that there was a commotion in the house number 6 in the said estate of Kibra,” Boge stated.

Following the report, Boge said that a team of police officers from Kilimani Sub County visited the scene of crime and established that the deceased, namely Maigo, 37 years had been stabbed severally on the left side of the chest by unknown people and secured the scene of crime.

The officer said investigations so far conducted have since revealed that the deceased was at home around 6pm when he was attacked by unknown people who were armed with kitchen knives.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that the respondent (Lusenga) was among the group that orchestrated the violence which resulted in the death of the deceased,” Boge informed the court.

He added that DCI detectives who visited the crime scene recovered the murder weapons being kitchen knives and Maigo’s body lying in a pool of blood next to his bed.

“The continued detention of the respondent is immensely necessary for the furtherance and finalising of the investigations, her release could further lead to interference with the investigation,” Boge stated.

Further, the officer said that police are yet to record statements from the key witnesses in the matter including the Maigo’s neighbours who heard him groaning in pain inside his house.

“I am yet to take fingerprints, photo profiling, taking Lusenga for DNA sampling for analysis by the Government Chemist, trace and arrest her associates, escort her for mental assessment, forwarding the case file to the ODPP for perusal and advice,” Boge said.

According to a report lodged with police, neighbours said they heard Maigo groaning in pain and the woman who was in the house refused to open the door, but had escaped when police arrived.

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