A middle-aged man who has a tattoo drawn on his neck entered the house of 24-year-old Pauline Wangari at 9pm Monday and left at 3am Tuesday, a CCTV footage at the deceased’s rented house in Kiharu shows.
Ms Wangari, a constable at Murang’a GK Prison, was found naked on her bed early Wednesday, with her entire bedding soaked in blood. She had been stabbed multiple times in the head, abdomen and neck.
In her lifeless state, a roll of bhang was — ostensibly — placed between her lips, and a kitchen knife firmly clutched in her right hand.
CCTV footage further shows the suspect leaving Ms Wangari’s house while carrying a TV set, the deceased’s large bag and her mobile phone.
One of Ms Wangari’s friends, who watched the footage at Murang’a DCI offices on Wednesday, says she knows the man as Ms Wangari’s friend.
Police say Ms Wangari’s murder was reported at Murang’a Police Station by Murang’a GK Prison lead officer on Wednesday 9am.
The scene of murder is 500 meters from the Murang’a GK Prison, police say.
Ms Wangari’s body was found in the sorry state by her work colleagues, who broke down her door on Wednesday after she failed to report to work on Monday and Tuesday.
“Her body was photographed and moved to the Murang’a County Government morgue awaiting postmortem,” read the police report.
It remains unclear why the suspect embarked on the brutal attack.
Police say Ms Wangari was stabbed three times – a stab in the neck, another in the abdomen and the third in the head.
Murang’a police boss, Josephat Kinyua, confirmed the incident, saying investigations are ongoing.
The key suspect remains at large.