Detectives probing murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani believe a missing suspect may have gone to seek the “blessings” of a witchdoctor at the Coast.
It is believed the suspect, considered key in investigations, may have some missing items stolen from Monica’s house and which sleuths say are critical to the probe.
They include cash, the killer weapon believed to be a knife, keys to both Monica’s house and car, and clothes.
Investigating officers are said to have travelled to Mombasa on Sunday to pursue the suspect amid claims he may have gone to a witchdoctor for “protection”. Sources said detectives are already pursuing leads on the whereabouts of the suspect.
Police said the suspect is believed to have been in the company of Joseph Irungu alias Jowie on the day Monica was killed.
Irungu, the prime suspect in the killing, and his girlfriend TV Journalist Jacque Maribe will be charged on Monday.
The two were arraigned in Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday but did not take plea until Maribe undergoes a mental check-up to establish if she is fit to stand trial.
The journalist is alleged to have helped Jowie interfere with critical evidence after Monica’s killing on September 21.
“Preliminary investigations have established that Irungu was seen in the company of another person near Monica’s house, the scene of crime. The identity of the person seen with Irungu is yet to be established but the investigating team is following leads,” a police affidavit read in part.
Irungu was driving Maribe’s car when he visited Monica’s apartment off Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.
CCTV cameras captured Irungu in the car in the company of another person, whose identity remains a mystery.
At the same time, another team of detectives continue to plough for more information in Juba, South Sudan, where Monica operated a family business. She had travelled to Nairobi the day she was killed. Her body was found in bathtub with her throat slit and hands tied with a tape.
The detectives are also trying to establish what Monica was carrying when she left Juba, exactly what business she was involved in, her earnings and any other activities she was engaged in.
This is as investigators pursue the theory that money could have been the motive behind her brutal killing.
Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said his officers are waiting for reports from the teams in Juba.
On Tuesday, both Maribe and Irungu appeared before High Court judge, Jessie Lessit, who ordered they both be detained until Monday when they will take plea.
Maribe was remanded in Lang’ata Women’s Prison while her fiance will be a guest of the State at Industrial Area Remand Prison.
Irungu was positively identified by four witness during a police parade as the last person to have been seen at Monica’s apartment.