New revelations emerged on Wednesday, September 27 into the heinous murder of Nairobi Hospital Acting Finance Director Eric Mago who was stabbed at least 25 times before he was found dead on Friday, September 15.
According to a report by Citizen TV, Ann Adhiambo, the 16-year-old minor who is the main suspect in the murder, claimed that she stabbed Maigo in self-defence, reacting to being a victim of sexual assault.
Adhiambo reportedly told detectives handling the case that Maigo picked her up from the roadside after her guardian kicked her out of her house following a misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, the suspect was arraigned before Magistrate Zainabu Abdul at the Milimani Law Courts on a miscellaneous application filed by Corporal Patrick Boge.
The police officer indicated that police needed to conduct mental and age assessments on the suspect as required before one faces murder charges.
The court granted the application allowing detectives to detain the accused for the next 21 days pending investigations. Furthermore, the minor will undergo both age and mental assessment over the said period before standing trial.
As police accused her of orchestrating the violence leading to Maigo’s death, the investigation officer further stated that key witnesses are yet to record statements and take DNA samples for analysis at the government chemist.
“……the investigating officer is yet to ascertain injuries inflicted when escaping from the scene of the crime, forwarding case file to the ODPP for perusal and advice and not limited to the respondent’s production before a court of law for further directions,” read the miscellaneous application.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) working on the case is also seeking to establish whether Adhiambo acted alone or under instructions.
The police also need time to forward the case file to the ODPP for perusal and advice and not limited to the respondent’s production before a court of law for further orders. The case will be mentioned on October 18, 2023.
Maigo was on Friday, September 15 found dead in his home in Woodley Estate, Nairobi County, lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom bearing 25 stab wounds. Two kitchen knives preserved as evidence were recovered from the scene.
Adhiambo was finally tracked down and arrested in Kibra slums in an intelligence-led operation by DCI detectives.
The arrest came after DCI released photos of her while she was captured on CCTV escaping Maigo’s residence in Woodley, Nairobi County, which led to detectives recovering her clothes.
Another suspect, Cynthia Lusega Andalo, was previously arrested and arraigned in connection with the gruesome murder but was set free by the court after the prosecution said they had no evidence to charge or even continue detaining the alleged suspect.