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Girlfriend, 31, denies killing US-based trader

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY JOSEPH GICHEHA
People watch as youth remove clothes from the toilet.
People watch as youth remove clothes from the toilet at the murder scene in Limuru.pic\njenga gicheha

An American-based businessman was found murdered in Lironi village in Limuru on Saturday morning. David Kironji, 60, was found murdered in his house. Angry villagers however claimed that Kironji's girlfriend, 31-year-old Mary Wambui, was behind the murder. Police had a rough time protecting Wambui from villagers wrath.

Area chief John Mwaura said Wambui, in a statement she recorded at the police station, stated that she had gone to buy milk in the morning and upon her return found Kironji lying in a pool of blood. Wambui further stated that she screamed alerting the neighbours. “When Wambui raised the alarm, we rushed into the house and found Kironji lying in bed soaked in blood. Kironji was lying on his right-hand side holding his phone. When we looked closely, we noticed blood stains on some clothes near the bed and the ceiling," said Mwaura.

He said the body had deep cuts on the head and near his right ear which appeared to have been inflicted using a blunt object. Mwaura added that when the police arrived, they ransacked the house and found a knife which suspected to have been used. The chief said a pair of blood soaked gloves was found hidden in the toilet, Kironji’s t-shirt, a white apron and a pillow case. “When the curious villagers saw the blood stained knife, they charged claiming that Wambui had killed the old man. They claimed she killed Kironji and framed the murder. They became rowdy baying for Wambui's blood but police protected her from their wrath,” said Mwaura.

Wambui, who works in Nairobi have been living with Kironji for four years. Mwaura said Kironji, a father of two lives with his wife in the US. Mwaura said Kironji had come for a two months visit. A neighbour who asked for anonymity said Wambui and Kironji had been heard arguing and fighting several times. He added that on Friday at around 11pm, Kironji got home and shortly after there was an argument. Wambui however dismissed that there had been an argument on Friday night but claimed they had returned from night prayers. Wambui was arrested and investigations into the murder has started.