Fourteen British soldiers who were in a hotel in Nanyuki the night Agnes Wanjiru was killed 21 years ago have been named.
The head of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (DCI), George Kinoti, said Thursday he would seek to record the statements of the 14 people who identify the alleged killer among them as new investigations into the murder of the mother of a 21 year old child start.
Mr Kinoti told the National Assembly’s Defense and Foreign Relations Committee yesterday that his homicide team was now ready to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to question the soldiers.
He did not say when the team will travel to Britain to take witness statements, saying only that they are expecting a nod from the UK’s Royal Military Police.
The Royal Military Police are to assist DCI homicide officers in identifying and presenting soldiers for questioning.
Mr. Kinoti named the 14 officers who were at Lions Court Lodge in Nanyuki town and explained during questioning that they would identify their colleague who was suspected of having killed Ms. Wanjiru.
The alleged killer had confided in his colleagues after the murder. The case resurfaced this year after British media revealed the cover-up and subsequent Facebook posts of soldiers, including the suspected killer mocking the crime.
Identify the killer soldier
The 14 include the Kgn Thornborrow J. (39114703), the Kgn McKenna LJ. (30101459), Cpl Byrne SC. (25157836), Sgt Miller SJ (25113314), Sgt Higgins ST (25055002), Kgn Bradshaw KA (30098525), Kgn Giles DP, Cie A (30109694) and Armitage AJ, Cie A (25133273)
The others are Kgn Hendry Liam Robert (30102814), Kgn Redford James William (30045162), Kgn Soens Ryan Paul (30116151), Sgt Creighton Daniel (30090677), Kgn Thornton Daniel John (30045162) and Kgn Smith Karl Erick
“According to the Royal Military Police, the witnesses identified above have information to link and identify the soldier who killed Wanjiru,” Kinoti said.
“As the Kenyan authorities retain jurisdiction over the case, it is incumbent on the investigative team in collaboration with the Royal Military Police to interview and then record the statements of those concerned,” Kinoti added. .
Mr Kinoti said Ms Wanjiru had a great time with the British soldier and they were seen dancing at the lodge bar that fateful night.
A timeline of events shows Ms. Wanjiru and the uniformed soldier were later seen heading towards the guest rooms.
DCI told lawmakers they had not yet established whether Ms Wanjiru was killed in the room reserved by soldiers at the hotel and thrown into the septic tank or whether she was killed as they surrendered. in the room.
Murdered by a British soldier
“It is clear that the deceased never returned to the bar and was murdered by a British soldier in uniform who was last seen with her. This septic tank where the body of the deceased was discovered and recovered is in the same direction the deceased and the soldier were seen heading in, âKinoti said.
Documents filed in parliament by DCI indicate that part of Ms Wanjiru’s body was found submerged in the septic tank with legs floating on sewage by John Gichuki who worked at the hotel as a gardener.
The body was only dressed in a bra and had a packet of unused condoms hidden inside the bra.
According to Kinoti, the British government has already confirmed that the culprit will be brought back to Kenya to face the murder trial.
“I have no doubts in my mind that we will bring the soldier back to Kenya and that the appropriate punishment will be given by our courts. It is not a complicated case, as far as I am concerned, the person who committed the murder. is known “, Mr. Kinoti.
“We will not give any excuse for this murder, we will deliver it according to our mandate,” he added.
The lawmakers, while accusing the police of having dragged the case, gave the DCI three months to take stock of the case.