New details emerge on the mizzarre murder of Catherine Nyokabi as detectives arrest his married lover

New details emerge on the mizzarre murder of Catherine Nyokabi as detectives arrest his married lover

38-year old Evans Karani has been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over the bizzarres murder of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Catherine Nyokabi .

Evans is suspected of luring the deceased to Witeithie area, Juja in Kiambu County on Wednesday, April 14 where he is believed to have murdered her before attempting to dispose the body.

Juja Sub-County Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO), Richard Mwaura confirmed that initial investigations indicate that Karani attempted to discard Nyokabi’s body, but his efforts were thwarted by mother nature when his car got stuck in mud, forcing him to flee and leaving the body behind.

DCI reported that while transporting Nyokabi’s body in his car, Karani’s vehicle got stuck in mud on Bob Harris road in Juja, forcing him to flee, leaving the body and car behind.

New details emerge on the mizzarre murder of Catherine Nyokabi as detectives arrest his married lover

Police who were summoned to the scene of crime acted swiftly in verifying the ownership of the car before launching a manhunt that saw the suspect taken in.

Using phone signal, detectives tracked Karani down to his rented house in Githurai Kimbo area, where he was arrested on Friday morning, April 16, detectives.

The body of the deceased had been burnt using corrosive chemicals and had been disfigured.

A detective working on the case told The Standard that “She was badly disfigured. Besides the burn injuries, she had bruises on the face and head…It appears she was tortured before being killed”.
Karani who is married is reported to have told the police that the deceased was his secret lover and confessed to killing her following a bitter conflict, which they had been embroiled in for the past two weeks.

The deceased’s father, Gitonga Njogu said that initial reports had indicated that Nyokabi died in a road accident but this was not true, adding that Nyokabi had, in the past, introduced Karani to him as her suitor.

“On Facebook, certain people were claiming my child was killed in a car crash in Juja. However, when we got to see her body at the City Mortuary, we were shocked. The visible injuries clearly indicated Nyokabi’s cause of death was not a road accident as had been alleged,” said Njogu.

“My girl (Nyokabi) was hard-working, cheerful and very loving. Her future was promising,” said Njogu while attempting to balance a tear in his eyes.

“I knew them to be lovers. Just like in any other relationship, they had differences, which I would help them iron out. Two weeks ago, my daughter said she and Karani had broken up. I told her, it was okay; she shouldn’t cling onto a relationship in which she was unhappy. That was the last time I heard of the suspect.”

Karani will be arraigned on Monday, April 19, when detectives would seek to detain him longer to allow for investigations to be completed.

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