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Police probe cult link in couple's bizarre death

By Cyrus Ombati
Updated Tue, December 2nd 2014 at 00:00 GMT +3
Police probe cult link in couple's bizarre death
Lawyer Paul Magu and Lydia Wangui in a jovial mood during their wedding. (Photo: Courtesy)

Could the dead parents of the three missing children in Nairobi have been members of a religious cult?

That was one of the theories that detectives were pursuing Monday after the family revealed to them that lawyer Paul Magu and his wife Lydia Wangui were staunch followers of controversial Nigerian TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan).

Magu's passport showed he had travelled to Nigeria more than 20 times since 2009 to attend the church services.

On September 12, 2014, the church's guesthouse collapsed in Lagos killing 84 South Africans.

Monday, the family and police intensified their search for the missing children, concentrating on major dams in Kiambu and Thika.

The children went missing on Tuesday after the bodies of their parents were found in separate locations in Nairobi and Thika. They were identified as Allen, 9, Ryan, 8, and Tiffany Muthoni, 5.

Police suspect Magu may have killed the wife on November 23 in their house at Muthaiga Pipeline Estate after he sent their house-help to town twice for shopping. This was after bloodstains were found in their bedroom.

And after the woman was killed, her body was burnt outside their house and later stashed in a sack waiting for disposal the following day, police said.

Bodies found

The mutilated body of Wangui was found near Paradise Lost along Kiambu Road in Nairobi on November 24 and later taken to the City Mortuary.

And the body of Magu was found on the Thika-Garissa highway near Ngoliba on Wednesday where police believe he had either committed suicide after jumping onto a speeding bus.

Officers from CID's Serious Crime Unit handling the case and have visited the scenes where the bodies were found and home of the couple.

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