Kitengela Girl: Relatives Detail Main Suspect's Wretched History

According to Nthuku's aunt, Mbisu Kingele, the suspect was accused of assaulting her father, Stephen Kimatu Nthuku on different occasions. 

Kitengela Girl: Relatives Detail Main Suspect's Wretched History

Relatives of Nativity Mutindi Nthuku, the main suspect in the murder of eight-year-old Shantel Nzembi, have exposed unknown details of her troubled past while growing up at Ndelekeni village in Machakos County.

According to Nthuku's aunt, Mbisu Kingele, the suspect was accused of assaulting her father, Stephen Kimatu Nthuku on different occasions. 

Kingele added that the attacks ensued after Kimatu was reportedly involved in a tussle with her mother, Stelmaris Nduku.

An undated image of Nativity Mutindi Nthuku. /K24 DIGITAL

The aunt added that Kimatu soon left both Nthuku and her mother to move to Mombasa. 

The father would later reach his dramatic end after he was murdered by unknown assailants and his body recovered at Yatta forest in August 2004.

Nthuku's neighbours had also disclosed to the police that the suspect lived a fashionable life but was barely seen outside during the day. They detailed that she went by the name Mama Mercy or Martha. 

"Even after she shut down her Mobile money business, she still lived large. She was fashionable and her daughter went to a private school," a neighbour told the media.

Nthuku had been detained at Kitengela Police station for seven more days. A Kajiado Court announced that Mutindi had been detained after detectives applied for more time to conclude investigations.

She was arraigned before Kajiado resident magistrate Edwin Mulochi alongside a fourth suspect Patrick Muriithi Wambaire who registered the line suspects were using to demand for ransom.

Nthuku is among four suspects who have been arrested in relation to the murder of the grade two pupil. The others include Livingstone Makacha, Frankline Mbuthia, and Patrick Murithi.

Agnes Nzioki, who had previously been arrested, was released after detectives could not find any incriminating evidence against her.

Isinya DCI boss Jeremiah Ndubai confirmed that the police are still in pursuit of another woman who is believed to have been working with Nthuku.

"The motive of the kidnapping could have been monetary. We have a tight case against the suspects," Ndubai stated.

The deceased went missing on Sunday, May 30, after she and her friend Sharon were allegedly approached by Nthuku.

Later that evening, Nzembi's mother Christine Ngina went to look for her eight-year-old daughter only to find out that she was missing.

Nzembi would be found dead a day later.

DCI headquarters in Nairobi. /FILE