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Son confesses to Kiambu family massacre

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Lawrence Simon Warunge Njoroge, first born son to the slain America- based nurse Nicholas Njoroge Warunge  has been arrested over the cold blooded murder of  four members of his family and a worker.

The 3rd year IT student at Mt. Kenya University was arrested alongside his 23 year old girlfriend by Karuri DCI on Saturday at a relative’s where he had been hiding while the girlfriend was arrested in her rented house, Kijabe Town.

The late Njoroge and his wife Ann Wanjiku Njoroge , were killed alongside their son Christian Njoroge (13), a nephew Maxwell Njoroge (13) and a construction worker at their home in Kiambaa area, Kiambu County where their bodies were found badly mutilated with multiple knife stabs.

The two suspects were taken in and locked up at Muthaiga Police station where Lawrence confessed to having committed the act after he entered the home through the main gate shortly after arrival on a motorcycle.

He claims to have first attacked and killed the worker who lived in a nearby house within the compound before proceeding to the house through the kitchen where he attacked his mother and his cousin who had come to her rescue killed them and proceeded to his  brother’s room slitting his throat.

His father who is believed to have  been upstairs in the master bedroom must heard the commotion  and sensing danger tried to escape through the balcony but fractured his leg after a fall where the killer found him stabbing him 34 times. His lifeless body was found outside the house.

According to the police there was no signs of breaking in the house which brings to a conclusion that an insider or a close family member well known to them might have coordinated the attack.

While confirming the murder incident, Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga said that there were no signs that the killers gained entry by force as the house was well fenced with a perimeter wall and razor wire which had not been tampered with.

The suspect is said to have switched off his phone shortly after the murders which raised an alarm that prompted the police to track him down up to lower Kabete where he was lastly hiding.

His mobile phone was first traced to Naivasha, before he left for Thika and lower kabete. At the time of arrest he was at a relative’s home where he had gone to seek refuge and the police were alerted.

After grilling by the DCI the suspect led the detectives to several spots among them a pit latrine where they recovered a kitchen knife believed to have been the murder weapon amongst other items.

The student had previously accused his parents of being cruel and satanic reporting the matter to the area chief and Rweno police post before the now late mother came for him and told the authorities he was mentally unwell.

The late Njoroge Warunge had arrived home for Christmas on 4th December 2020 from America where he worked as a nurse while his wife Anne worked in Kiambu County Hospital as a psychologist.

On Tuesday Morning they took their daughters to Ngiriambu Girls High school, Kirinyaga and St Angela Secondary School in Karura while the suspect is believed to have left for the University.

Another worker escaped narrowly after he bumped into the assailant in the compound but managed to escape to a nearby thicket. He is assisting with investigation.

The police are also looking for the rider of the motorcycle used to ferry the assailant to and from the scene.

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