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DCI Investigators think Tseikuru tout’s neck was twisted

THE Directorate of Criminal Investigations doubts whether the early December death of a Tseikuru tout was due to natural causes as his neck was twisted when his decomposing body was discovered.

 The late Joseph Muthui Mailu. Photo/FILE

Police discovered the body of Joseph Muthui Mailu aged 32 years while it was decomposing about 5 kilometres from Usueni trading centre.

Mr Mailu was working with County Safaris Services public service vehicles which ply Nairobi-Usueni route. His body was found in the second week of December 2021.

He was laid to rest at his home in Masyungwa location, Tseikuru Sub County on December 21. Speaking to Mwingi Times, Tseikuru Sub County Police Commander Charles Kibathi said the DCI were pursuing a more serious crime of murder.

Kibathi said the deceased went missing after he left his house in Usueni together with his three-year-old child.

Wife interrogated

He added that sleuths interrogated his wife to established his health status when he left their house and understand whether he was sick and on medication.

Kibathi said after they discovered the decomposing body that they were investigating whether there was foul play or the man died of natural causes.

“We are investigating whether there was a foul play or the man died of natural cause. We will establish that after an autopsy is carried out”, said Kibathi soon after Joseph Muthui Mailu’s body was discovered.

On Thursday, Kibathi said that a post-moterm done before the body was released for burial revealed that it had a twisted neck.

Kibathi said that the revelation of twisted neck opened a more serious criminal offence of murder that the DCI boss George Kinoti’s team was pursing.

Although twisted neck is usually synonymous with strangulation, Kibathi was non-committal only saying that divulging more information could lead to pre-empting the investigations.

Kibathi said that no one had by Thursday been arrested in connection with the tout’s death.

Family members led by Muthui’s mother Beatrice Katui Mailu told mourners during the tout’s burial that they highly suspected his death which they think was pointing to murder.

The family was saddened by the development that no one was arrested over Muthui’s death nor was anyone taken to court over the same.


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