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House help shot dead in Ruai house robbery

Two children watched as their caregiver was shot dead in Ruai’s Chokaa Village by thugs who stole property from her employer’s house.

Celestine Celestine Juma Nyapuo, 17, had just arrived from the Josan Academy where she went to pick her employer’s 4 year old son from school when the thugs accosted her.

“It is not clear yet if the thugs entered the house when she was away or they forced their entry when she was arriving,” her employer, Collins Odhiambo said.

Neighbours said they saw Celestine leaving the house with the employer’s younger child, Biatta Vanna in her hands at around 4:00pm, to pick the boy from school.

A cartridge left at the murder scene. PHOEBE OKALL
A cartridge left at the murder scene. PHOEBE OKALL

“Me and my wife were not around but the deceased’s brother,Maurice Odongo, who we stay with, said when he arrived in the house at around 6:00pm, he saw his sister lying down in a pool of blood and some things had been stolen,” said Mr Odhiambo.

Kayole OCPD, Joseph Ndegwa said the thugs shot Celestine Juma Nyapuo twice on the head before making away with cash, electronics and other household goods.

At the gate of the house, there was the school bag of the boy. Inside the house Police found the body of the girl lying next to the table. She had in her hands a checked male shirt, a sign police say, that there was a struggle.

“Her employer’s two children aged two and four years were also in the house but were not hurt,” Mr Ndegwa said.

The assailants made away with Sh36,000 in cash, a Sony Bravia TV set, Sony CD changer system, and two 13Kg gas cylinders.

“It is so sad. They did not have to kill her. They should have just made away with whatever they wanted and let her live,” Mr Odhiambo who works at the Ministry of Devolution said.

He said the children had been traumatized by the incident.

On interrogation,  thefour year old son said he only saw two men.  He had never seen them before.

Police estimate that Celestine’s body stayed on the floor for two hours with the children in the house.

“We cannot tell exactly what time the incident occurred but it was reported to the police at around 8:00pm. Police who arrived at the scene found two empty cartridges and a bullet head,” Mr Ndegwa said.

Nairobi County Deputy Police Commandant, Moses Ombati said the police were following crucial leads that will help them find the thugs.

The body was taken to the City Mortuary as plans are made to take her to her rural home in Yala.