Kitengela Girl: Prime Suspect Gets Extra Seven-Day Detention

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.

Kitengela Girl: Prime Suspect Gets Extra Seven-Day Detention

Nativity Mutindi Nthuku, the main suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Shantel Nzembi, a grade two pupil in Kitengela has 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.

An undated image of Nativity Mutindi Nthuku. /K24 DIGITAL

Detectives had earlier disclosed on Monday, June 7 how Nthuku's ex-boyfriend, a General Service Unit (GSU) officer based in Kilgoris, Narok County, had aided police officers in arresting her.

Reports had indicated that the main suspect had initially made a call to him asking for financial help.

The detectives privy to the investigations, who intercepted the call, quickly picked up the officer in Narok and brought him to Nairobi.

The police, together with the officer hatched a plot to arrest the suspect. The GSU officer had requested to meet with Nthuku in Nairobi briefly to which she agreed.

Unbeknownst of preceding events, Nthuku showed up and was arrested by detectives during the meeting. The officer was then released to go back to work in Narok.

The detectives also uncovered a past criminal record of Nthuku where she had been charged with stealing money from her employer's M-pesa shop.

Nthuku is among four suspects who have been nabbed by the police in relation to the murder of the minor. The others include Livingstone Makacha Otengo, Frankline Mbuthia and Agnes Kasiva Nzioki.

According to Isinya DCI boss Jeremiah Ndubai, 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.

Ngina affirmed to the police that she soon began receiving calls from an anonymous number that demanded ransom from her.

However, her daughter's body was found in a gunny bag the following day. 

A police van in Kenya. /FILE