The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have obtained CCTV footage showing how a Ruiru-based man dumped his lover’s body after allegedly killing her following a domestic dispute.

The deceased’s who was known as Ryspa Ndunge’s remains were found stashed in a suitcase outside a rental building in the Gatongora area of Ruiru, Kiambu County, on April 18, 2023.

According to the police, the deceased’s boyfriend, Morris Njuguna (28) calculatedly murdered her on the night of April 17, before disposing of her body.

Ryspa worked as a cashier at a popular nyama choma eatery at Kamakis while Njuguna also plied his trade as a chef at the same establishment.

Police say that owing to the nature of their work, Njuguna would arrive home much earlier than his lover who is reported to have constantly arrived home in the wee hours of the morning following her shifts.

“This didn’t go down well with Morris who suspected that all that time was not spent on balancing the day’s sales as alleged, but on other suspicious activities,” the DCI said in a statement.

The statement added that the suspicions became the source of constant arguments in their young union. On April 17, 2023, the argument degenerated into a fight leading to the deceased’s demise, after she arrived past 3 am.

Even after murdering his lover, Njuguna reportedly showed up for work the next morning, as per his routine, and allegedly claimed that Ndunge had decided to quit her job.

After leaving work for home, Njuguna reportedly passed by a local kiosk where he purchased a sack which he intended to use in disposing the victim’s body.

“He placed the deceased’s body in a travel suitcase before covering it with the sack. The suspect then carried the lifeless body disguised as luggage, and after one kilometer, disposed of it outside the gate to a rental building, before walking off,” said DCI.

CCTV footage from the rental building captured Njuguna dumping the deceased’s body at 9:35 pm when the rental building’s landlord reached out to officers at Gatongora Police Station after discovering the body.

Njuguna was arrested on April 21, 2023, by detectives who subsequently recorded statements from him and witnesses.
His cousin, Francis Chege (32), was also apprehended by sleuths in Mukuyu, Murang’a County after GPS tied him to the victim’s phone, which he, however, claimed to have been given to him by Njuguna.

“The main suspect also led detectives to the shop where he had bought the sack used in concealing the suitcase carrying the deceased’s body,” said the DCI.

Njuguna remains in custody pending arraignment where he is set to be charged with murder.

By Jane Kibathi