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Court orders prime murder suspect detained for 10 more days

Benson Melonyie is being escorted to the courts in Kajiado on Tuesday.
Benson Melonyie is being escorted to the courts in Kajiado on Tuesday.
Cheloti allowed a request made by DCI sleuth to detain the suspect for more days as they pursue other suspects who committed the offence with the one in custody.

Kajiado court on Tuesday ordered a suspect in the killing of four people in Kitengela detained for 10 more days to allow investigations.

Benson Melonyie, 40, was arraigned in Kajiado court and ordered detained by Resident Magistrate Becky Cheloti to remain behind bars to allow investigations.

Benson Melonyie in court in Kajiado where he appeared before RM Becky Cheloti.
Benson Melonyie was in court in Kajiado where he appeared before RM Becky Cheloti.

Cheloti allowed a request made by DCI sleuth to detain the suspect for more days as they pursue other suspects who committed the offence with the one in custody.

Melonyie was walked to the law courts by armed DCI officers in a mask and was composed when the magistrate read the charges facing him.

Kajiado County Police Commander Muthuri Mwongera on Monday announced they had made a breakthrough by arresting one suspect linked to Kitengela killings on August 8.

Mwongera said the prime suspect behind the grisly blood-curdling murder of four men in Kitengela, has been arrested by detectives.

The suspect, Melonyie, was arrested from his hideout in Kitengela town on Monday evening, where he has been hiding since he masterminded the killings.

His arrest comes a few days after DCI took over investigations into the murders and moved to pursue the killers.

Ole Mungai, Mwongera said, was positively linked to the brutal killings after forensic investigations placed him at the scene of the crime, where it was established that he led and coordinated the killing of the four.

Meanwhile, the mother of the two slain brothers among the killed in Kitengela more than a week ago, Lucy Wanjiru was on Tuesday afternoon rushed to the Kenyatta University hospital after collapsing while viewing the bodies of her two sons.

Lucy Wanjiru is being rushed to KU Hospital after she collased at 2 pm while viweing the bodies of her two slain sons.
Lucy Wanjiru is being rushed to KU Hospital after she collapsed at 2 pm while viewing the bodies of her two slain sons.

Wanjiru was later discharged after doctors said she had recovered from the shock and was driven back to her Syokimau home by her brother, Joseph Macharia.

Macharia called on Tuesday evening to confirm her sister was stable, as the arrangement for memorial service set for Wednesday at St Mary’s ACK in Mlolongo is ongoing.

 

 

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