Man suspected of killing wife, faking suicide arrested in Embu

The suspect's body was loosely tied and inclined to a tree at a sitting position.

In Summary

• The suspect has been identified as Martin Mugendi.

• "Preliminary investigation by DCI detectives established that the deceased had had supper with her husband (the suspect) around 9pm last night, moments before he turned against her with blows and kicks," the DCI said.

Crime scene
Crime scene
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DCI detectives based in Embu are investigating a suspected murder case where a man is believed to have killed his 34-year-old wife on Tuesday, before faking suicide at a nearby mango tree.

According to a statement by the Directorate on Wednesday, the body which was loosely tied and inclined to the tree at a sitting position was found about 500 metres from the deceased's house.

The suspect has been identified as Martin Mugendi.

"Preliminary investigation by DCI detectives established that the deceased had had supper with her husband (the suspect) around 9pm last night, moments before he turned against her with blows and kicks," the DCI said.

Acting as if everything was normal, the suspect is said to have taken their young daughter to a neighbour's house on Wednesday morning before going to his usual place of work.

According to the DCI, neighbours became suspicious when the deceased spotted anywhere within the neighborhood.

It did not help that the husband was saying nothing about her whereabouts prompting neighbours to commence a search.

The body was discovered and taken to a local morgue awaiting autopsy.

Meanwhile, the suspect remains in custody with detectives probing into the suspected murder.