Police arrest prime suspect in murder of NLC officer Jennifer Wambua

Written By: Muraya Kamunde

Jennifer Wambua was the lead witness in the case against Itemere, Savula, and their two wives, Melody Gatwiri and Hellen Jepkor Kemboi.

Detectives have arrested Peter Mwangi Njenga alias Ole Sankale, the prime suspect in the murder of a senior official with the National Land Commission Jennifer Wambua.

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The detectives through criminal intelligence first forensically placed Peter Mwangi at the scene of crime after the forensic results turned positive, matching the suspect.

According to the detectives, they managed to identify eye-witnesses who saw the suspect with the deceased the last time she was seen alive on March 12th 2021, at the scene and thorough repeat combing of the scene they managed to pick crucial exhibits.

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Detectives also established that the suspect had indeed interacted and spent quite some time with the deceased at the location where the body was later discovered.

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The area is often visited by pilgrims for spiritual intentions. Detectives further established that the suspect preyed on the victim as she prayed, before he made his move to sexually assault her and strangle her to death.

The detectives further revealed that the suspect was charged in 1996 with stealing and later charged three times with the offences of robbery with violence and rape.

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In January 15th 2003, he was convicted and sentenced to death at Kibera Senior Resident’s Magistrate Court.

Through research and profiling, the detectives confirmed that the suspect had committed similar offences using the same modus operandi of committing robbery and thereafter repeatedly, sexually abusing the victims by raping and killing them.

“The search was intensified and through the previous finalized criminal files, detectives were able to establish similar crimes committed in replica signature style and manner of subjection to torture and rape,” said the DCI.

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“Detectives found several other reported cases of the same nature committed by the same suspect and in particular within the same vicinity where he committed the crime.”

The DCI are currently investigating how he won his freedom.

Jennifer Wambua’s body was discovered in Ngong Forest in March after she went missing.

A report issued by the government pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor who conducted an autopsy on the deceased’s body confirmed that there was sexual contact with her killer/s.

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