Kenya re-opens case file into murder of Agnes Wanjiru who was killed by British soldier

Kenya re-opens case file into murder of Agnes Wanjiru who was killed by British soldier

The Kenya government is re-opening the investigation into the 2012 murder case of a woman identified as Agnes Wanjiru who was allegedly killed by a British soldier in Nanyuki.

Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai has already directed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to re-open the case.

“I have directed the DCI to re-open the case and compile all the available evidence and witness accounts and ensure the case is concluded before a court of law. I am also urging the UK government to collaborate with us to conclude the case and administer justice,” Mutyambai tweeted on Monday afternoon in his weekly engagement with the public online.

The British High Commission on Sunday said it was “fully cooperating” with a police investigation into the 2012 murder of a Kenyan woman last seen with a British soldier.

The 21-year-old Wanjiru, was found dead in central Kenya nine years ago after she was reportedly seen at a hotel in Nanyuki with soldiers from a nearby British army base.

In a rep[ort by the BBC, a British soldier confessed to have killed Wanjiru, and showed comrades where he dumped the young mother’s body in a septic tank behind the hotel.

The crime was reported but dismissed by military officials, said soldiers quoted by the news outlet, who claimed the accused’s identity was an open secret but he was never questioned and eventually returned home.

UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott expressed “outrage and concern” over Wanjiru’s death and promised high-level support to a Kenyan investigation into her murder.

“I can assure Kenyans that the UK is fully cooperating with the investigation and will help in any way we can,” Marriott said in a statement Sunday.

“Senior military visitors from the UK come to Kenya regularly including in the coming weeks and will be discussing Ms Wanjiru’s murder and UK support to the Kenyan investigation.”

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