New details have surfaced regarding the perplexing murder of Eric Maigo, the Acting Finance Director at Nairobi Hospital, who was tragically stabbed to death nearly a fortnight ago.
According to reports from Citizen TV, the prime suspect, believed to be a minor, has now come forward with a startling claim that she acted in self-defense when she fatally stabbed Maigo. She alleges that she was also a victim of rape during the incident. Her account to detectives indicates that Maigo had picked her up from the roadside after she had been forced to leave her home due to a dispute with her guardian.
The 16-year-old suspect was brought before Magistrate Zainabu Abdul at the Milimani Law Courts on Wednesday, in response to a miscellaneous application filed by Corporal Patrick Boge. This application requested that the police conduct assessments of the suspect’s mental state and age, a prerequisite before facing murder charges. The court granted this application, thereby permitting detectives to detain the accused for the next 21 days while investigations continue.
During this period, the suspect will undergo both age and mental assessments before any trial proceedings commence. Furthermore, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is actively seeking to determine whether she acted alone or under the influence of others.
The arrest of the girl occurred on Tuesday night following a tip-off to the Fichua line of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, which provided credible intelligence that led to her apprehension.
Eric Maigo’s lifeless body was discovered on September 15th, lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom, bearing a shocking 25 stab wounds. Two kitchen knives recovered at the scene have been preserved as crucial evidence.
The police require additional time to compile and submit the case file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for review and guidance. This process also includes ensuring the respondent’s appearance before a court of law for further legal procedures.
The case is scheduled to be mentioned on October 18th, as the investigation into this tragic incident continues to unfold.