Renowned preacher Victor Kanyari’s family is in mourning following the discovery of his younger sister Starlet Wahu’s body following a horrific murder.
Wahu had checked into an Airbnb rental with a man named John Matara in South B, Papino.
The location had been reserved by the couple for a romantic retreat, but when Starlet’s partner repeatedly stabbed her in the thighs, things took a tragic turn.
The Wahu died from his wounds, according to the police, and Matara fled the scene after receiving his own stab wound.
He was later arrested at Mbagathi Hospital, where he had gone to seek treatment.
A special report by K24 revealed the police also recovered some shocking items from the crime scene, including HIV test kits and used contraceptives.
The motive, however, remains unclear, as the suspect has not given any statement to the police.
The owner of the Airbnb, Florence Ngina, on Friday told officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that John Matara, 34, had booked the house in Papino Apartments in South B Estate, Lang’ata Sub-County in Nairobi, for one night and had checked in on Wednesday.
But in the early hours of Thursday morning, she was informed that Matara had left the premises in a hurry and his clothes were stained with blood.
“I received a call from the gateman who said that the tenant was running away with blood-stained clothes. I rushed to the house but found it locked. We opened it using a spare key and found the body of a woman lying in the living room,” Ngina told detectives.
Ngina, accompanied by two of her colleagues, then went to South B police station where they reported the matter.
Senior officers in Makadara sub-county were immediately informed of the incident and a team comprising crime scene personnel, DCI officers and regular police rushed to the scene.
A detective who spoke to the Nation on condition of anonymity said the whole house was stained with blood from where the body was found to the bedroom.
“The scene was horrific. They must have fought for a while as there were signs of struggling in almost every corner, apart from the kitchen,” the DCI sleuth said.
According to our source, the woman had been stabbed in the head and the right thigh. She also had other physical injuries, a clear indication of a struggle.
Police said they found a Samsung phone, condoms, bhang, a bottle of alcohol and a bloody kitchen knife in the room, as well as the HIV test kit.
The body was taken to City Mortuary.
While detectives were busy reconstructing the crime scene, Matara, the main suspect in the murder, had sought the help of his friend, identified as Anthony Nyongesa, and they were at Mbagathi County Hospital where he was being treated.
Detectives were given his personal details, including his mobile phone number, which made it easier for them to locate him.
The officers went straight to Mbagathi Hospital, seven kilometres from the scene, where he was arrested but allowed to receive treatment.