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Fresh love triangle twist as police hunt for lover in death of principal

Forensic experts on Wednesday dusted for fingerprints and collected samples from the vehicle that carried school principal Solomon Mwangi to his death amid reports that police are pursuing a love triangle lead.

Murang’a Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Stephen Chacha said after scientific analysis, the samples would be used as evidence in court.

Police said they were holding the vehicle because it might have been used by his wife Jane Muthoni Mbuthia, the main suspect, to commit the crime.

The vehicle is believed to have been used by Ms Mbuthia on Saturday to collect her husband from Kiru Boys Secondary School in Mathioya, which he headed.

Ms Mbuthia, a headteacher at Ichachiri Secondary in Kiambu, has been arrested in connection with the death.

Jane Muthoni Mbuthiin court over the disappearance and murder of her husband Solomon Mwangi. PHOTO | MARTIN MWAURA
Jane Muthoni Mbuthiin court over the disappearance and murder of her husband Solomon Mwangi. PHOTO | MARTIN MWAURA

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Mr Chacha said police suspect Ms Mbuthia took her husband to some unknown people at Witeithie.

He said police had been given seven more days by the court to hold her as they continue investigating.

He denied reports that a team from Nairobi had taken over the case, saying it was only helping out.

‘It is our case but we don’t own it, so we get help from anywhere we can. That is why CID officers from headquarters are here. They are not here to take over the case, but to help,” he said.

Mr Mwangi’s body was found in a coffee estate by a watchman on Friday who notified Juja police.

Mr Chacha said the body was severely mutilated, with the hands tied together. He said the face was badly bruised and some teeth were missing.

The county CID boss said police were looking at all leads, including family matters, a possible love triangle, business rivalry and social issues.

He said other people are suspected to have participated in the murder.

‘We believe there were more people who took part in the murder and they will be brought to book,” he said.