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Autopsy Reveals What Led To Death Of Woman Found In Suitcase

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Results of a postmortem conducted on Esther Wambui, a petrol station attendant in Juja, Kiambu County, who was found dumped outside the GSU Recce station in Ruiru on Monday, January 17, have been released.

The autopsy conducted on Friday, January 21 at the City Mortuary in Nairobi indicated that the 18-year-old died of strangulation. It added that she was also hit on the head with a blunt object.

The exercise was conducted in the presence of Wambui’s husband, Simon Ngigi, and her father, Samuel Mbugua.

A taped-off crime scene. /FILE

Vaginal swabs were taken for further analysis amidst speculation that she may have been sexually harassed before being killed.

The 18-year-old prior to her death was working as a fast-food server at the petrol station along Thika Road. Juja Sub-county Police Commander Dorothy Migarusha had revealed that Wambui was hacked to death in a different location and her body was stashed in a gunny bag then dumped outside the camp.

Ngigi, who has since been treated by detectives working the case as a person of interest, recounted to the police while recording a statement the final days with his wife whom he married seven months ago after she dropped out of high school in Form Two.

He revealed that he had escorted her to work early on Monday morning, January 17 before retreating to their house in Ruiru. However, witnesses revealed that her body was found dumped along the road, raising doubts about Ngigi’s narration of events.

Ngigi added that it was routine for him to escort Wambui to work due to the insecurity in the area but noticed something strange when she did not return home that night. Detectives then questioned his failure to report to the police as soon as he noticed that she was missing.

The body of the deceased was tied around the neck with a nylon rope and had a visible deep cut on the left side of the chest. It had a message written in ink on the chest, both palms and both thighs. It read “Bwana ya mtu ni sumu (A woman’s husband is poisonous)”.

According to CCTV footage retrieved from Wambui’s workplace, she had left to head home on Sunday, January 16 at 8.30 pm and Ngigi did not pick her up from there on that day as per the norm.

Wambui’s co-workers had described Ngigi as a jealous lover, adding that she had her own relationship problems, something Ngigi denied.

The murder is among the increased cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) being reported across the country that has raised alarm.

Body of an unidentified woman stashed in a suitcase. /CITIZEN DIGITAL

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