Kenyan couple kills friend's three-year-old child, dumps body in mortuary

The Mother of David, who left the country to seek greener pastures in November, last year, left her eldest son, Peter Ndung’u and his six-year-old brother, David Ndung'u in the care of Njeri, her longtime friend.
A photo collage of the Kenyan couple and baby David Ndung'u
A photo collage of the Kenyan couple and baby David Ndung'uFile

Kenyan detectives says they have arrested a couple, Mrs. Phyllis Njeri and Mr. Jockson Ngui, over the brutal murder of a three-year-old boy, David Ndung'u.

In a well-coordinated operation conducted by detectives drawn from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, Phyllis Njeri, who allegedly tortured the boy to death, was arrested at her hideout in IIIasit village, close to the Kenya-Tanzania border.

The Mother of David, Maureen Njoki, left the country to seek greener pastures in November, last year, and left her eldest son, Peter Ndung’u and his six-year-old brother, David Ndung'u in the care of Njeri, her longtime friend.

Barely four months after her departure, Njoki received the devastating news that her son, David, was murdered by her friend.

According to his brother, he watched helplessly in horror as David was smashed against the wall several times.

Maureen said she had left the kids under the care of her grandmother but things didn't go smoothly. She then confided in Phyllis Njeri, who offered to take care of the children at a salary of 13k.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations, in a statement on Wednesday, said that the Njeri and her husband dumped the boy's body at Mama Lucy Kibaki’s hospital mortuary and fled.

It reads; "Following overwhelming public outrage over the brutal murder of baby David Ndung’u, whose lifeless body was dumped at Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital last month, detectives have arrested the perpetrator," the statement read.

"Phylis Njeri, who tortured the three-year-old boy to death was smoked out of her hideout at Illasit village, close to the Kenya-Tanzanian border, in a well coordinated operation conducted by detectives drawn from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau augmented by detectives from the Homicide branch and a crack unit based at DCI Nairobi regional headquarters.

"Earlier, sleuths based at the Corporate Communications & Public Affairs unit had gathered information circulating on social networking platforms regarding the baby’s murder most foul and shared details of the incident to the elite teams.

"Investigations were launched immediately, unearthing gory details of how Angel David was brutally murdered by Njeri and her husband Jockson Ngui, while her horrified elder brother Peter Ndung’u watched in shock.

"David and his six-year-old brother, Peter had been left under the care of Njeri, by their mother Maureen Njoki, who had left the country in November last year for Saudi Arabia, in search of greener pastures. Barely four months after her departure, Njoki received the devastating news of her son’s brutal killing, triggering online outrage by Kenyans who called on the DCI to bring the suspect to justice.

"The joint team of detectives conducted thorough investigations into the incident and through application of cyber & digital forensics, the suspects were traced at their hideout in the remote village in Kajiado county, as they desperately sought to cross the Kenyan border to Tanzania.

"Further forensic analysis conducted at the couple’s house in Kwa Maji area within Mowlem, in Kamukunji sub-county, revealed that the baby was killed in the house before his body was dumped at Mama Lucy Kibaki’s hospital mortuary.

Upon realizing the gravity of their actions, the murderous couple had desperately attempted to seek medication at local chemists but the little angel was long gone.

"Baby David’s body had severe burns on both hands, legs and buttocks. It also had fresh injuries on the neck, the back and the face, signifying the amount of torture that the minor underwent, before his painful death."

The detectives also recovered a whip that was used to assault the deceased’s elder brother who was beaten without remorse and threatened with severe consequences if he reveals what had happened to his brother.

The two suspects are currently being transferred to Nairobi where they will face murder charges.

Meanwhile, detectives based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory, biology division and their scenes of crime counterparts shall be visiting the couple’s house for further DNA analysis of the scene, to obtain more scientific evidence for a watertight case against the suspects.

"The Directorate of Criminal Investigations thanks Kenyans on social media who brought the matter to our attention. We encourage any other victims of crime seeking justice to report to us directly through our interactive online platforms."

A flier of Mother of baby David, Maureen Njoki, baby David and Mrs. Phyllis Njeri
A flier of Mother of baby David, Maureen Njoki, baby David and Mrs. Phyllis NjeriFile
Mr. Jockson Ngui at Tanzania border
Mr. Jockson Ngui at Tanzania borderFile
Kenyan couple, Mr. Jockson Ngui and Mrs. Phyllis Njeri
Kenyan couple, Mr. Jockson Ngui and Mrs. Phyllis NjeriFile

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