Second suspect crops up in probe of German national’s death

Detectives Outside the Moreima Cottages where the deceased was found murdered PHOTO COURTESY

Police in Malindi sub-county are holding a second suspect believed to have been involved in the murder of German national Detering Herman at the Moreima cottages last week.

The second suspect identified as Kenson Mutiso was arrested alongside Mary Mwikali Kavuu who police say is the prime suspect in the murder.

The two were arrested in Diani area of Kwale on Thursday last week.

On Monday Mutiso and Mwikali appeared before Malindi Chief Magistrate William Chepseba but they did not take plea.

This is after detectives from the Homicide unit obtained orders to detain the suspects for 14 more days to allow them to finalize investigations.

According to a sworn affidavit filed in court by police constable Vincent Langat attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters  Serious crime Unit, Homicide section  Nairobi, Mwikali had called Mutiso on 28th January just a few hours before the German national’s body was found lying in a pool of blood.

”Immediately after the incident the first respondent switched off her phone after calling the second respondent- Mutiso and thereafter switched on the phone while in Diani,” said the detective.

Langat said that detectives are yet to conduct a search of areas where the two of them are said to have moved through with an aim of recovering property belonging to the deceased.

Langat told the court that Mwikali who had retired to bed late after a drinking spree with the deceased left the cottage premises at 6.30 am on 28th January.

Langat police recovered several mobile phones and sim cards some suspected to have belonged deceased together with clothes worn by Kavuu when the incident occurred.

The items are expected to be subjected to forensic analysis.

Langat had also told the court that the two are yet to be subjected to a psychiatric examination and an autopsy is yet to be conducted on the body of the deceased.

”Based on the issues raised herein and the active leads being followed by the team of investigators, makes the respondents flight risk and thus pray the honorable court to order the respondents to remain in custody for a period of 14 days pending the conclusion of investigations,” Langat asked the court.

The Investigation officer further requested the court to allow the suspects detained at Malindi police station or any police station which will make it easier for the officers to carry out the probe.

The two suspects are expected to appear in court o 17th February to face a charge of murder contrary to section 204 of the penal code.

The deceased who was a father of one had left Diani for Malindi on the 4th of December 2019 where Mwikali would occasionally visit him according to police.