Suspect in Prison Warder’s Murder Stabs Himself During Police Search

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Suspect in Prison Warder's Murder Stabs Himself During Police Search

The investigation into the murder of Murang’a Prison Warder Pauline Wangari have taken an unexpected twist as the main suspect, Joseph Ochieng’ stabbed himself as police were conducting a search in his home.

Murang’a police commander Josephat Kinyua, confirmed that the incident occurred after the judge granted them a search warrant of the suspects home. 

In what detectives term as an attempted suicide attempt, Ochieng’ took a knife and stabbed himself in the abdomen during a search in his house at Maringo in Makadara Constituency.

He was taken to Buruburu hospital after the incident.

Joseph Ochieng (L), Rogers Namukura and Mary Amollo Olisa (R) in court on May 17, 2019

Kinyua further revealed that Pauline Wangari’s laptop and mobile phone were found in Ochieng’s house- items that had been reported to have been missing from the victim’s home in Kiharu.

Earlier on, in court, DCI detectives stated that Ochieng’ had confessed to the murder.

The suspect, is alleged to have told the DCI officers in Murang’a that the murder occurred after the two met for the first time. He noted that they had known each other on Facebook for a while before they decided to meet.

Ochieng cited that May 13, 2019, was the first time the two met after Wangari invited him over to Murang’a at her rental house.

The suspect is reported to have strangled Wangari after which she fell down and he thought he had killed her.

“Sent into panic mode following the development, the suspect said he reached for a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the chest, neck and abdomen, and, thereafter, put the knife firmly in her grip in a bid to make it look like Wangari had killed herself,” cited the DCI officer.

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Slain Prison Warder Pauline Wangari

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