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University student raped, killed in her Kasarani apartment

Woman's body was discovered by her alleged boyfriend two days later.

In Summary

• Leah Momanyi was found dead days after she screamed in her house but the neighbours could not locate it. 

• Momanyi's uncle says he's frustrated by the police's apparent lack of urgency in pursuing the matter. 

A 24-year old Kisii University student was raped and stabbed to death in her Kasarani estate apartment.
A 24-year old Kisii University student was raped and stabbed to death in her Kasarani estate apartment.
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A 24-year old Kisii University student was raped and stabbed to death in her Kasarani estate apartment.

On the night of her death, Leah Momanyi arrived in the building at 8pm and headed straight to her house on the second floor, according to neighbours and a watchman. 

The caretaker told DCI officials in Kasarani that he heard Momanyi scream for help at 11.35pm on November 8 but could not locate her bedsitter on the second floor.

 
 

Neighbours said that they called the police from Sandton Police Post, which is 50 metres away, at 2am but were still unable to locate the house. 

Her body was discovered by her alleged boyfriend two days later. 

“On Sunday 10/11/2019, at about 06.00 am, a boyfriend of the deceased alleges he had come from home and when he opened the door with his key, he found Leah lying in bed, blood on the floor, room messed up, a knife on the ground and she was dead,” the police statement reads.

On discovery of the body, the alleged boyfriend notified Momanyi's cousins who live nearby.

The cousins came over and immediately called Leah's uncle Joseph Chacha who asked them to report to Sandton Police Post immediately. Police took the body to the Kenyatta University mortuary.

A postmortem conducted at the KU facility last Tuesday showed that Leah was raped, strangled, stabbed and tortured,” her uncle Chacha told the Star on the phone.

“I am very traumatised by the murder of this young niece of mine. Leah was a very humble young girl. The police have taken rather long to commence investigations," Chacha said.

 
 

Chacha said he was frustrated by the police's apparent lack of urgency in pursuing the matter. 

"The girl was killed on Friday 8th, body found on Sunday 10th, post mortem done on Tuesday 12th, CID notified on Wednesday 13th and today is 18th yet no arrests have been made. All are quiet as though no life was lost,” he said. 

 

The IT student had come to Nairobi to raise her third-year school fees. She was temporarily employed in a wines shop in Kasarani.