Key suspect in brutal murder of German septuagenarian arrested

A police vehicle belonging to the Diani police station where the suspect is currently being detained PHOTO COURTESY

A woman who police say is the key suspect in the murder of German national Detering Herman was Thursday evening arrested in Diani.

The suspect who has been identified as 32-year-old Mary Mwikali Kavuu was arrested by Detectives based in Ukunda according to the coast region DCI head Washington Njiru.

“ She is expected to be driven to Malindi where the crime took place so as to assist in investigations,” Njiru told Baraka FM.

Njiru added that the suspect has been living in Diani.

78-year-old Herman’s lifeless body was discovered by staff at the Moreima cottages on Tuesday evening after they got suspicious following his failure to show up breakfast and lunch at the cottages.

According to the Moreima cottages receptionist Kelly Kazungu, Herman’s body was lying in a pool of blood while his body had stab wounds on the head and stomach.

According to Njiru, detectives will be looking to unravel the motive behind the killing and to see if they will recover the murder weapon.

According to the Malindi sub-county police boss Vitalis Otieno, the deceased had left Diani on the 4th of December 2019 and traveled to Malindi where he checked into the Moreima cottages.

It is not clear if the suspect who police say was a girlfriend to the deceased was living with him in Diani.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.