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Detectives recover slain woman’s phone at alcohol outlet

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Detectives based in Kayole, Nairobi, have recovered the mobile phone belonging to a woman burnt alive by her estranged boyfriend last month.

The late Margaret Muchemi’s phone was hidden at a Wines & Spirits outlet in Umoja, Eastlands. The outlet is owned by Charles Oluenyi, main suspect in Muchemi’s killing.

“The recovery made following intelligence leads further indicts the suspect and is envisaged to strengthen DCI’s case against him,” says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

The Wines and Spirits shop in Umoja estate, Nairobi, where detectives say the late Margaret’s phone was found. PHOTO/DCI

Oluenyi, 37, was arrested about 10 days ago after several days on the run. When police caught up with him, he locked himself up at his house on the fifth floor of a flat in Kayole and threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the balcony.

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A dramatic video recorded by DCI detectives showed Oluenyi holding and sharpening two knives, with which he had stabbed himself several times on the neck.

Suspect Charles Oluenyi’s dramatic arrest captured by DCI on video.

Police managed to convince him not to take his own life, but instead surrender and face due court process.

Margaret was killed and her body set on fire in Njiru area of Nairobi by a man her two domestic workers identified as an ex-boyfriend.

A screenshot of the suspect Charles Oluenyi. Detectives successfully talked him out of his threat to commit suicide. PHOTO/SCREENSHOT, DCI

On that fateful day, Margaret invited the suspect to talk about their relationship issues. The suspect arrived at the house at around 8 am. Margaret excused the two house helps from duty, saying her ex-boyfriend “wanted some privacy as they addressed their stalemate.”

“Later on in the afternoon, the house was seen in flames, and even after efforts to put out the fire, nothing was salvaged, not even the deceased,” said the DCI.

Margaret’s charred remains were found in the aftermath of the inferno. She appeared to have been tied to a sofa before the macabre killing. Oluenyi, the suspect, went underground until detectives plucked him from his hide-out.

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Though details are sketchy, Oluenyi is believed to be receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital as detectives consolidate the evidence against him.

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