Kenya Simba's Mike Okombe in action against Tunisia during their Confederation of African Rugby match on June 28, 2015 at RFUEA grounds. Okombe was stabbed to death on Saturday by his girlfriend. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLOKenya Simba's Mike Okombe in action against Tunisia during their Confederation of African Rugby match on June 28, 2015 at RFUEA grounds. Okombe was stabbed to death on Saturday by his girlfriend. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO
By ERIC MATARA, @ERICM222 [email protected]

A key suspect in the Saturday night killing of international rugby player Mike Okombe was on Monday interrogated by detectives in Nakuru.

Ms Maryanne Mumbi’s lawyer, Mr Kamau Chomba, confirmed that the woman — said to be Mr Okombe’s lover — surrendered at Rongai Police Station before she was interrogated.

“My client surrendered to the police and she later recorded her statement,” said Mr Chomba.

According to Rongai police boss Japheth Ngatwa, Ms Mumbi and six other suspects who were attending the birthday party, including the host, surrendered to the police.

The suspects were questioned before being handed over to Rongai Directorate of Criminal Investigations. They were held in various police stations in Nakuru.

CRIME SCENE

A source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said Ms Mumbi also accompanied police to the crime scene.

Mr Okombe, 27, was reportedly fatally stabbed during a scuffle at a birthday party in a house at Olive Inn in the town.

“They were at Mr Calvin Otieno’s house around 7pm on Saturday night. The two were, however, involved in a scuffle when she went for a knife which she used to stab Okombe,” he said.

According to friends, the rugby player was rushed to Valley Hospital in Nakuru town but was pronounced dead on arrival.

TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP

The rugby star’s friends disclosed to Nation that the duo had a troubled relationship prior to the incident.

Mr Okombe has been one of the pillars of the Rugby 15s team and has represented the country in several tournaments in and out of Kenya.

He was an instrumental player for the Kenya Simbas side over the years. The Topfry Nakuru RFC player had recently moved to Kabras Sugar Club.

Okombe was part of the squad that beat Namibia in 2014. His team recorded historic wins against Tunisia, Portugal and Spain in 2015.