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Female pastor in Magu case to be held longer

A female pastor who is a key suspect in the deaths of a lawyer, his wife and their three children will be detained for another three weeks, a court ruled on Tuesday.

Ms Ann Wambui Wanyoro is being held over the deaths of Mr Paul Magu, his wife Lydia and their children Allen, 9, Ryan, 8, and Tiffany Muthoni, which rocked the country a fortnight ago.

The prosecution told the court that investigators were following new angles concerning the killings and, therefore, required more time.

Homicide officer Maxwell Otieno secured an order from principal magistrate Catherine Oluoch extending Ms Wanyoro’s detention until January 6.

INVESTIGATIONS BROADENED

Ms Wanyoro first appeared before the same court on December 2, when the magistrate ruled that she be detained for two weeks, which ended Tuesday.

Detectives said investigations had since been broadened. They said at first they were only focusing on the deaths of Mr Magu and his wife as their children were only missing.

The children’s bodies were later found in a thicket at Tatu City in Ruiru.

Police found blood stains in Mr Magu’s car and have taken samples to a laboratory.

Police are investigating why Mr Magu made several trips to Nigeria as his passport shows.

They are also investigating the communication between Mr Magu and the suspect.

The detectives said Ms Wanyoro was a close family friend.