NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya will reopen a nine-year-old murder investigation into the death of a single mother last seen in a hotel with British soldiers, the national police chief said on Monday.
Agnes Wanjiru was found in a septic tank at the Lion’s Court Hotel in the garrison town of Nanyuki in June 2012, two months after her disappearance.
The 21-year-old, whose baby was only a few months old at the time, was beaten and stabbed, according to an investigative report from a local magistrate in 2019. She was likely still alive when she was born. was thrown into the tank, according to the report. noted.
No suspect has been arrested or charged with the murder. Interest in the case was renewed last month when Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said it had identified a possible suspect after a months-long investigation.
The report sparked widespread anger in Kenya and many took to Twitter to demand justice for Wanjiru.
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“I asked the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) to reopen the case (…) and ensure that the case is concluded in court,” said Hillary Mutyambai, the inspector general of Kenya Police, in regular interaction with social media users on Twitter.
“I also urge the UK government to work with us to close the deal and administer justice.”
The UK Ministry of Defense has said it will support the investigation.
“We always work in partnership with the Kenyan police and subject to international and judicial processes, our help will always be available,” said a spokesperson for the MOD.
Witnesses told the Kenyan inquest that Wanjiru joined the British soldiers at the bar at the Lion’s Court hotel, hoping to have a customer willing to pay her to have sex so that she could feed her. baby.
(Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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