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DCI detains man and his friend over wife’s death

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations [DCI] is holding a man suspected of killing his wife in their rented apartment in Donholm Nairobi on Sunday.

James Otieno Olonde is held alongside his friend Samuel Maina Muthoni after his wife was found dead outside his house in Donholm, Nairobi on March 15.

Olonde is detained at Buruburu police station.

Corporal George Kaparo said Olonde was arrested after reporting his wife Edina Wanjiku Mathenge’s death under circumstances that police did not believe. Kaparo was seeking 14 days’ custodial orders.

Olonde is suspected to have killed his wife, jointly with his friend.

Olonde and Edna had returned from a drinking spree at around 4am and the caretaker of the apartment they live in intervened and warned them against making noise for other tenants.

Then later on that day, Olonde reported his girlfriend’s suicide at Buruburu police station claiming she had thrown herself from the Fifth floor where they live. He said he rushed her to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Kayole where she succumbed to injuries.

“There is suspicion that the deceased could have been murdered and the first respondent [Olonde] manipulated the scene to be suicide,” Kaparo said in an affidavit filed before Makadara senior resident magistrate Lawrence Gatheru.

But Olonde said his wife jumped by herself and landed on a car and his friend is in trouble for helping in his attempt to restrain her, and later rush her to hospital.

Kaparo said he needed the custodial period to get postmortem report of the deceased, record witnesses statements, re-visit the scene and take the two suspects for mental assessment.

The two suspects will remain in police custody until April 1.