Boy, 15 arrested for allegedly strangling 9-year-old girl to death in Murang’a

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and detained at the Maragua Police Station, Murang’a county in connection to the murder of a nine-year-old girl.

The incident, in which the girl’s body was stashed in a bag and buried in a shallow grave, has left several villagers shocked.

According to Nation, police who arrested the boy believe he strangled the nine-year-old girl to death.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigation boss in Murang’a Judy Muthini, says the father’s victim, John Chege, reported the incident on Sunday.

Mr Chege says her daughter was last spotted with the suspect at the farm picking avocados. One hour later, the suspect went to the girl’s house to deliver the avocados and told the father that her daughter had gone missing.

When Mr Chege went looking for her daughter, he stumbled upon a freshly dug pit and her daughter’s body buried in a bag.

“The body was found at around 10 am half-buried in a pit measuring two by three feet in the boy’s family land,” said the Murang’a DCI boss.

The DCI detectives, who believe the murder was premeditated, are currently investigating to establish the motive behind the incident.

The detectives also want to uncover if an adult was involved in the murder and disposal of the girl’s body which took one hour. 

A post-mortem revealed the girl died due to lack of oxygen in the brain caused by manual strangulation.