The prime suspect in connection to Shantel’s Nzembi abduction and subsequent murder Nativity Mutindi Nthuku has been detained by a Kajiado court at Kitengela Police Station for seven more days.
Mutindi, 27, was arraigned before Kajiado Resident Magistrate Edwin Mulochi together with the fourth co-accused Patrick Muriithi Wambaire, 28, who registered the sim card suspects were using to demand ransom from Shantel’s mother Christine Ngina.
Mutindi upon her arrest was found in possession of the mobile sim card that was used to demand Ksh 300,000 ransom.
On the other hand, boda boda rider Livingston Makacha was found in possession of the handset used by the abductors to call Shantel’s mother demanding ransom.
In addition, he is also suspected to have dumped Shantel’s body a few hours after the abductors last call to her mother.
Francis Mbuthia Mikuhu, also a suspect, is said to have used his identification details to register a new cellphone line in Kiserian town that was to receive the ransom money.
Detectives are currently hunting for the fifth female suspect said to be an accomplice to the main suspect.
The four will appear in court on June 15 for the mention of the case.
Eight-year-old Shantel Nzembi went missing on May 29th only for her body to be found dumped by the roadside in Kitengela town stashed away in a gunny bag.
A post-mortem conducted on the body of Nzembi has revealed she died from suffocation by blockage of the mouth and nose.
Government pathologist Johanson Odour conducted the autopsy on Friday at Shalom Community Hospital.
By Stanley Ngotho