Valentine’s Day to forget: Father finds missing daughter’s body dumped in mortuary

KIRINYAGA WOMAN DAMARIS NJERI KILLED ON FEBRUARY 12. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

A 60-year-old man is in deep sorrow after he learnt – on February 14 –, that his 22-year-old daughter was raped, killed and her body dumped at Kerugoya Referral Hospital mortuary in Kirinyaga County.

The body of Damaris Njeri Kagunda was on February 12 found hanged from an electricity pole in Rukanga Village, Mwea Constituency in Kirinyaga County, in what authorities suspected was a case of murder most foul.

The woman’s face was badly deformed. Police also established that the victim was doused in acid, which also burned her back.

The law enforcement agents established that Njeri was raped elsewhere and her body taken to Rukanga Village.

Her naked body was found hanging from a rope tied around her neck and suspended from an electricity pole.

Police from Sagana post took Njeri’s body to Murang’a Level 5 Hospital mortuary, where it was later moved to Kerugoya Referral Hospital mortuary.

Njeri’s family did not know of their daughter’s death until two days later, when her father, Muriuki Kagunda, was informed that a body suspected to be his daughter’s was seen in the medical facility’s morgue.

Njeri had gone missing a few days earlier.

“Maitharui Sub-Location assistant chief, Irungu, called and asked me if I knew one Damaris Njeri Kagunda. I answered in the affirmative, telling him that she is my daughter. He, thereafter, asked me to go to Kerugoya [Referral Hospital] mortuary on February 14 to identify her. When I arrived at the facility, I was shocked to find my daughter’s body lying there,” Mr Kagunda told EDAILY.

“We are urging the State to ensure that we get justice for our daughter. We are in deep grief,” said Mr Kagunda.

No arrests in connection with Njeri’s killing have been made thus far, though Mwea West OCPD, Jospeh Matiko, said police are investigating the incident.

According to Matiko, Njeri’s identity was established after her fingerprints were examined at the Government laboratory.

Mutithi MCA, Peter Njomo, has urged the Government to beef up security in the area, pointing out that Njeri’s killing is not the first of such a nature.

Funeral plans are underway, Njeri’s father says.

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