DCI detectives now say Jeff Mwathi was murdered, rule out suicide
A week after detectives from the Directorate
of Criminal Investigations (DCI) took over and began a fresh probe into the
mysterious murder of Jeff Mwathi, significant progress on the case has been
Homicide detectives handling the case told Citizen
TV that, from their probe, the 23-year-old interior designer was murdered and
did not jump to his death as earlier reported.
Detectives from the DCI further said that
their investigations, after the scene reconstruction and forensic analysis,
point to clear signs of a struggle inside Mugithi musician Lawrence Njuguna
alias DJ Fatxo’s house.
The detectives pointed out that there was a
possibility of a fight before Mwathi was dragged outside and thrown off from
the rooftop or from the stairs of the 12-storey building apartment.
The investigators, in ruling out suicide,
believe that Mwathi was murdered before he was thrown off to cover up and make
it look like suicide.
Initially, it was recorded that Mwathi jumped
off from the window of the bedroom, but that was ruled out as it is impossible
for an adult to fit into the tight window frames of the window.
On Friday morning, homicide detectives
investigating Mwathi’s death gave a status report revealing that the process
included interviewing the first cluster of witnesses in the case, forensic
examination of the scene and retrieval of CCTV footages that captured the
deceased's last moments.
Detectives said they are now progressing to
the second phase of the investigations where several persons of interest will
be interrogated and appropriate recommendations made to the Office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
The sleuths said that the persons of interest
to be interrogated in the next phase will include all the five persons who were
at DJ Fatxo’s house in the morning of February 22, 2023 when the incident
Also to be questioned, according to DCI, are
police officers who handled the case first.
The DCI homicide detectives took over the
case from Kasarani Police Station last week following orders from Interior Cabinet
Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki.
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