Prime Suspect in Gruesome Killing of Catholic Priest Re-arrested Days After His Release

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have re-arrested Michael Mutunga, the main suspect in the gruesome murder of a Machakos Catholic priest, after he was released on bond.

Mutunga had been arrested over the killing of Farther Michael Maingi Kyengo on 8th October 2019.

According to the detectives, Father Kyengo’s remains were found buried in a shallow grave in a dry riverbed in Embu.

“In a murder most foul, the clergyman’s lifeless body whose throat had been slit, had been put in a gunny bag, before being disposed on the bed of River Gathingiri,” the DCI said in a statement.

Detectives had painstakingly investigated the murder and arrested the main suspect with crucial exhibits linking him to the crime.

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The exhibits included a sharp knife suspected to be the murder weapon and some of his blood stained clothes which he had tried to wash in vain.

Mutunga, who had been released on a Ksh300,000 cash bail, was arrested on Thursday afternoon, 10th June, in a Nairobi’s informal settlement after a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

The suspect has been on the run for one year since he was granted bail by the High Court in Embu.

“Detectives have for the second time been looking for him and this afternoon, managed to smoke him out of his hideout in one of Nairobi’s informal settlements. He has been on the run for the past one year,” said the DCI.

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