Criminals turn to witchcraft to escape arrest by Police

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Witchcraft paraphernalia. Two suspects have been arrested while at a witchdoctor's house who was allegedly helping them to escape the police./COURTESY

Two criminals were on Tuesday arrested in Kiambu County while at a witch doctor’s to escape being caught by police.

The two, Miriam Mwelu and her partner Timothy Akoi were arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) sleuths while at an elderly witchdoctor’s house where they had gone to seek protection from police.

Miriam Mwelu is said to have taken off with four million shillings from her employer three weeks ago.

“The detectives arrived in time as the suspect was being immersed in a basin containing a concoction of blood drawn from a dead fowl, whose features resembled those of a cockerel,” said the DCI.

A basin containing a concoction of blood drawn from a dead fowl./COURTESY

Upon noticing the police, the witchdoctor is said to have started chanting endless incantations in an attempt to keep them at bay.

“That did not deter the sleuths from executing their mission much to the bemusement of Mwelu, who had closed her eyes expecting the sleuths to vanish. She couldn’t come to terms with reality, after the in-charge of the operation told her ‘mama bado tuko hapa vaa nguo twende‘,” said the DCI.

Police recovered a set of paraphernalia, including horns, feathers and cowrie shells, that were part of the witchdoctor’s tools of trade.

“Among the services offered by the witch doctor as detailed on a long list seen by the detectives was ‘Kutoshikwa na DCI’ attracting a fee of Sh5,000,” said the DCI.

After the arrest, Mwelu led the detectives to her parents’ house in Ithanga, Murang’a County, where sh1.57 million was recovered.

Also recovered were jewelry stolen from her employer.

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