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New Details On 18-Yr-Old Woman Dumped In Suitcase Outside GSU Camp

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Fresh details have emerged regarding 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.

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.

23-year-old Simon Ngigi, her husband 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.

Esther Wambui, the petrol station attendant found dumped outside a GSU camp in Ruiru. /DAILY NATION

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)”.

Ruiru DCIO Justus Ombati disclosed that the writings may be a plot to derail investigators but maintained that the probe had gathered momentum.

“She died a painful death and we are piecing together her last moments, and as we speak the husband is a person of interest. It is a complex matter but what I can say is that we are moving well with investigations,’’ Ombati told the Nation on Thursday, January 20.

Wambui dropped out of Kianjogu Secondary School in Nakuru County and met Ngigi, who was working as a casual labourer. They relocated to Nairobi where she landed a job at a restaurant in Ruiru where she earned Ksh300 per day.

Samuel Mbugua, Wambui’s father, said she left home without notice after dropping out and would be informed that she had got married to Ngigi.

“When he told me that, I told him that they had my blessings and that I did not have any problem with their union,’’ Mbugua narrated.

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.

A tape of a police crime scene. /FILE

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