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Church mourns death of choir member as police clarify suspect’s escape

Mary Wanjiku was allegedly killed by her husband on Tuesday in Ngong. Her husband has since been arrested.
Mary Wanjiku was allegedly killed by her husband on Tuesday in Ngong. Her husband has since been arrested.
Speaking on behalf of Bishop Tinkoi, Kamau said the church has initiated the process of taking full responsibility of the three children left by the deceased members.

Police have clarified that Oloolua murder suspect, David Kariuki, left Ngong police station last Thursday in handcuffs and escaped from custody during a court session.

Kajiado North Sub-County police boss, Rashid Mohamed told the Star on Sunday the suspect escaped after he was un-cuffed before facing his charges at the open-air court session.

Mohamed further clarified that Kariuki, who had attempted to take his life by taking cattle deep poison on the night of the day he murdered his wife, Mary Wanjiku, was shot in the legs after he grabbed a knife from a watermelon vendor in Ngong market.

Kajiado North Sub-County police boss Rashid Mohamed spoke to KNU.
Kajiado North Sub-County police boss Rashid Mohamed spoke to KNU.

Kitchen knife

He said that after Kariuki snatched a kitchen knife from a watermelon vendor, he sneaked out of Ngong market running which forced law enforcement officer to open gunfire on him.

Kariuki was shot in the thigh to immobilise him but instead, he started stabbing his chest and later succumbed to death.

Police intelligence in Ngong established on the same day he died that Kariuki’s intention after grabbing a knife from a vendor was run to his house in Kibiko area to kill his three children.

Kariuki had no idea that a church – Gospel Revival Centre, Ngong – in which he used to attend with his wife had ordered their children to safety in Murang’a.

Associate Pastor at Gospel Revival Centre, Ngong, Jacob Kamau presided over the wedding of Mary Wanjiku and David Kariuki - both deceased.
Associate Pastor at Gospel Revival Centre, Ngong, Jacob Kamau presided over the wedding of Mary Wanjiku and David Kariuki – both deceased.

Children’s safety

While away from his station, Bishop Julius Tinkoi, who was monitoring the events in Ngong on the telephone after the murder of his church choir member, ordered his Associate Pastor – Jacob Kamau – to take the children to safety.

Kamau immediately arranged for the children to be taken to their maternal grandparents in Murang’a immediately.

“This, we thought as a church would be a haven for the children. We feared Kariuki would come back in the night after his escape and harm the children,” said Kamau on Saturday.

Pastor Kamau, who presided over the wedding of the late Kariuki and his wife, said the suspect worked for his church until after the COVID-19 hit the country before he left to seek employment elsewhere.

“Kariuki and his late wife were members of the church. Wanjiku was a member of the church choir and was also coordinating prayers within the choir,” said Kamau.

Kamau went on: “What I noted with Kariuki is that two months before killing his wife, he started missing church services”.

The murder suspect who later committed sucide, David Kariuki. He murdered his wife of three children, Mary Wanjiru on Tuesday last week before taking his life on Thursday, two days later.
The murder suspect who later committed suicide, David Kariuki. He murdered his wife of three children, Mary Wanjiru on Tuesday last week before taking his life on Thursday, two days later.

 

Unfamiliar habits

The associate pastor said he was forced to pick a pastoral team that would investigate the new “unfamiliar” habits of Kariuki but he started dodging the team.

“Kariuki was a quiet man, and that made it impossible for us to understand him. We do not know the reasons that led him to kill his wife in cold blood. He never shared his feeling with anyone, not even with our church ministers,” said Kamau.

The associate pastor said the entire church is in shock of what happened until their two senior members lost their lives.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost a very important member of our choir and a promising leader. She was a humble woman, who mixed freely with other members. Wanjiku has never missed church service from the time she joined the Gospel Revival Centre many years back,” said Kamau.

The seed in the bible

Kamau said given the fact that Kariuki was a Christian, Christ in the bible said his word is like a seed.

“A farmer goes to the farm and drops seeds. One seed falls on a rock, another falls in the thorns, while the other will fall in fertile soil and grow very well,” said Pastor Kamau.

He went on: “For the case of Kariuki, I think his heart represents the rock in the bible.”

Speaking on behalf of Bishop Tinkoi, Kamau said the church has initiated the process of taking full responsibility of the three children left by the deceased members.

“We have picked counsellors for the children. One of the children, the elder daughter is in Class 8. The church will foot all her bills including fees, and the same thing will happen to the other two siblings,” said Kamau.

He said the church has spoken before and is still speaking now on the conduct of married couples.

“We have always told our members that God does not allow fighting, and taking away someone else’s life. If you differ in your marriage please walk away from that union and start a new life instead of killing your partner,” said Pastor Kamau.

He indicated that the church will participate in the burial of the two late members.

 

 

 

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