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Ugandan jailed for murder of Kenyan employer

A Ugandan national has been arrested for the brutal murder of his employer in neighbouring Kenya.

The accused was tracked down through his mobile phone number

The suspect, who had been on the run for nearly seven months, was apprehended in Uganda on Sunday and promptly extradited to Kenya to face charges.

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He allegedly committed the crime in Kombuini village, Kirinyaga county.

The arrest marks the end of an extensive manhunt that involved collaboration between Kenyan and Ugandan authorities.

The accused was tracked down through his mobile phone number, a critical piece of evidence that led detectives to his hideout.

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A senior detective involved in the case, who requested anonymity, stated, “We managed to arrest the suspect after pursuing him for months. We also recovered the phone he had stolen from the deceased.”

The murder, which shocked the local community, occurred in the deceased's home.

The victim was found strangled to death, with blood oozing from her mouth and nose.

Neighbours grew suspicious after not seeing her for some time and decided to check on her, ultimately discovering her lifeless body on the bed. Further examination revealed bruises on her neck, indicating she had been brutally killed.

The suspect, a farmhand employed by the deceased, was missing from the homestead, raising immediate suspicion. Residents revealed that the victim lived alone, as her children were employed far from home.

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One resident recounted, “The deceased had employed the young man from Uganda to work on the farm. Sadly, he snuffed out her life for reasons yet to be established.”

The suspect is currently being held at Kiamaciri police station, where he awaits formal charges. The investigation is ongoing, with authorities keen on uncovering the motive behind the heinous act.

The arrest has brought a sense of relief to the residents of Kombuini village, who had been living in fear since the incident.

John Kiragu, a resident, expressed the community's sentiments, saying, “We are glad that finally the suspect has been captured. He should now face the law so that the family can get justice.”

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The deceased was described by neighbours as a humble, God-fearing, and friendly individual who did not deserve such a painful death. The community mourns her loss deeply, and she has since been buried in a sombre ceremony attended by friends and family.

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