August 4, 2020


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Man strangles girlfriend, 25, using belt

A 30-year-old man from Nakuru County committed suicide on Friday, July 31 after killing his 25-year-old girlfriend.

Njuguna Chege fatally strangled Beatrice Wangari Karanja using a belt before hanging
himself from a manila rope tied to a tree in Naishi Village, Muthira
Sub-Location, Njoro Constituency in Nakuru.

committed suicide at his neighbour’s farm, Muthira assistant chief, Moses
Muniu, told K24 Digital.

“The couple
had visited Chege’s aunt on Thursday, July 30. The two, however, went missing
from home on Thursday evening. On Friday noon (July 31), the partners were found
dead in a farm belonging to Chege’s neighbour,” said Muniu.

father, Benjamin Karanja Kamau, told K24
that his distressed wife informed him that their daughter had called
to say she had been abducted by her boyfriend, who works as a matatu tout in Nakuru

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“I tried
calling the cellphone line they used to reach my wife, but my daughter’s
abductor was not receiving the calls,” said Kamau.

In Friday
mid-morning, Chege is reported to have called the victim’s sister and told her
that he and Wangari were escaping towards Nyahururu.

“My daughter
was put on the speaker, and her sister could hear she was crying. The caller,
thereafter, switched off his phone,” said Kamau.

The victim’s
father said his abducted daughter worked as a phone and sim card trader in
Langalanga area, Nakuru Town. It is suspected Wangari and Chege met while going
about their businesses in Nakuru Town.

It remains
unclear why Chege killed Wangari before taking away his own life.

Subukia MCA,
Mary Waiganjo, who is a friend of Wangari’s parents, said the deceased had wounds
below her left ankle and hand, indicating she had been burnt on the parts
before being killed.

“The girl must
have been brutally tortured and thereafter killed,” said Waiganjo.

The ward
representative described the Late Wangari as a focused woman, who led the
praise and worship team at the Jesus Exaltation Centre (JEC) in Subukia.

Wangari’s body
was taken to Nakuru County Referral Hospital morgue, whereas that of Chege was
taken to Egerton Funeral Home.

Chege’s family
allege they have received threats from Wangari’s family, who have vowed to
avenge her death.

assistant chief Moses Muniu says he has received reports about the alleged planned
revenge, and that authorities will swing into action to avert such an occurrence.

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