Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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Kitale OCS Roba Galgalo at the scene where the retrieved body lay bare on the ground near the well. Photo I Leonard Wamalwa.
Residents of Naisambu village in Kibomet location within Kitale town had a rude shock after the body of a woman who went missing one week ago was retrieved from a borehole in a home of his former boyfriend whom they had a child with.
Eyewitnesses, relatives and the police said that the deceased had gone missing after she attended a case against the boyfriend pertaining the maintenance and upkeep of their child.
"This girl had been befriended by that man immediately after she completed form four and they gave birth to a child whom we are taking care of and she had gone missing since Tuesday last week only to be found today in the borehole in the man's home," said the brother Peter Noroge.
They claimed that their investigations together with the police led to the arrest of the suspect and they got a tip-off from the suspect's wife whom they said had admitted that the day the deceased was said to have gone missing, the husband did not sleep at home and when he came the vehicle was having blood stains.
Area police boss Lucas Ogara said that the family members had reported the matter to police on Thursday hence prompting investigations which led to the arrest of the suspect who is a manager in a bank in Kitale.
Tension was high at the scene immediately the body was retrieved after angry onlookers bayed for the blood of the suspect whom they learnt was also at the scene inside a police vehicle prompting police to draw guns and canisters of tear gas ready to counter any attempts of the members of the public snatching the suspect from them to be lynched.
The OCPD revealed that initial investigations indicated that the suspect Sammy Njoroge had admitted that he had hired people to kill the deceased Alice Wangoi but later own admitted that he had killed the woman himself and led them to the scene where he had hid the body.
"After investigations and cross examining of the main suspect he admitted that he had indeed killed the woman and dropped the body in the borehole in his compound and put on a new padlock so that nobody could access the water point. He therefore led the police to the home where just as he had said the body was retrieved from the hole," the police boss told journalists.
However Ogara said that investigations were still going on to establish if he committed the crime alone or had accomplices before he is arraigned in court.
The body of the deceased was taken to Mt Elgon Hospital mortuary in Kitale as two suspects are being held at the police station.
At the same time the circumstances that led to the suspected abduction and eventual murder of the woman who had trained as a medic seeking for attachment are yet to be unveiled by police.
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