Police in Embu investigating death of prison officer’s four-year old son

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Police found Dr James Gakara unconscious and the lifeless bodies of his two children inside their apartment on September 18, 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • A suspect, the mother’s boyfriend, has been picked up and is assisting police with investigations.

Police have launched investigations into the death of a prison officer's son whose body was found dumped at Muraru area in Embu County.

The four-year-old school boy disappeared on Friday December 3 only to be found dead two days later.

His mother, a prison officer based in the region, has recorded a statement at Embu West police station.

Embu West Sub-County police boss Mr Julius Kyumbule said a suspect, who is known to the prison officer, is being held and is assisting police with investigations.

“We are holding a suspect and he will be charged in court if established that he is responsible for the death of the child," Mr Kyumbule said.

The deceased was spotted by residents who alerted the police before the body of the minor was taken to the mortuary.

It is suspected that the boy was picked from school by his assailant.

“It was a school day and we want to know what really transpired,” county police commander Mr Daniel Rukunga said.

Residents suspect that the boy was killed elsewhere before being dumped in Muraru.

The body had bruises on one arm suggesting that the boy could have been tortured before he died.


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