Roysambu Homicide: Development as JKUAT Male Student and Neighbor Face Charges with Blood-Stained Nails

New dimensions have emerged in the investigation of the murder of Rita Waeni, a 20-year-old student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), as four Kenyan suspects were brought before the Madaraka Law Courts.

Notably, the whereabouts of the alleged Nigerian national, reported to have been apprehended at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), remain unknown.

Among those presented in court on January 17 were a male JKUAT student and two male neighbors who spent the night at the Roysambu apartments.

CCTV Footage Reveals Primary Suspect in Roysambu Airbnb killing
CCTV Footage Reveals Primary Suspect in Roysambu Airbnb killing

The fourth suspect, the owner of the house where Waeni stayed, was identified. Police revealed that the house served as short-term accommodation within the apartment complex.

One of the male suspects, according to the police, slept near the location where Waeni was murdered and was found with blood-like stains under his nails. The police requested an extension for holding the suspect to ascertain the origin of the blood substance. It remains unclear whether the suspect had contact with the deceased student or the evidence before police collection.

It was further noted that the blood-stained suspect was in the company of the JKUAT male student and another neighbor on the night of the incident. The trio claimed to have watched an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) match and had supper together before parting ways.

The JKUAT student explained that he visited the Roysambu apartments that day to see his uncle, leaving after the match.

The fourth suspect, the owner of the short-term accommodation, was accused of failing to record full details of the man who allegedly invited Waeni for a night out.

Senior Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku emphasized the need for thorough investigations, expressing concern about increased murder cases in short-term rentals. He directed that it was crucial to ensure respondents were thoroughly investigated and, if innocent, exonerated rather than rushing to charge, citing the rising public outrage over safety concerns in such accommodations.

The main suspect, a foreigner believed to be of Nigerian descent, was captured on CCTV leaving the crime scene. Waeni’s family disclosed that she was allegedly kidnapped by her killer, who demanded a ransom of Ksh500,000. The family also revealed that Waeni and her killer had met on social media, and she had traveled from Syokimau to Roysambu to meet the unidentified man. Tragically, demands for ransom were made after her murder.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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