Murder most foul: Soldier was ordered to support his 2 children
Close relationshipThis close relationship meant that the two women often confided in each other. The relationship between Mugure and Syombua also started when she was in St Bernard’s, with Farrizanah saying that the two got married immediately after Syombua finished school. “She got pregnant with Shanice but they separated after eight months and Syombua went back to her mother’s house in Kayole,” said Farrizanah. The friend said that Syombua, who worked at a bakery in Kayole, later got pregnant with Michael. Farrizanah said that Mugure had once denied siring Michael, which prompted the mother to seek legal intervention for child support. “A DNA test showed that he was the biological father of Shanice and Prince Michael. He was ordered to pay for the children’s food and school fees,” said Farrizanah. She told The Standard that Mugure was unhappy with the court ruling that ordered him to pay child support after Syombua reported him for neglecting his children. Farrizanah’s description of the troubled relationship between Mugure and Syombua appeared to corroborate Malombe’s story about her daughter’s rocky union.
Domestic issuesA colleague of Mugure who requested anonymity revealed that Mugure, who hails from Lari in Kiambu County, had built a family house in Ongata Rongai. “They had domestic issues and it disturbed him. But he never looked distressed in public. He was acting normal,” said the source. The source, who works with Mugure, described him as humble and claimed that he may have wanted to reconcile with his estranged partner. “I know he had asked Syombua to get back together and she was willing because she loved him,” the source said. Syombua, Shanice and Michael went missing on October 26, one day after visiting the soldier at his workplace in Nanyuki. The three bodies were found tied with ropes, stuffed in gunny bags and buried in a shallow grave in Kilimo in Thingithu. Syombua’s mother said she wants to be given the bodies of her daughter and grandchildren, which are at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary. “I want to bury them in Kitui but I cannot afford to take them from Nanyuki to Kitui. I really need help. I am a single mother and I depended on her (Syombua),” she said. Yesterday, homicide detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters joined their colleagues from Nanyuki in looking for evidence and collecting various samples at the scene where the bodies were found.
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