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Kiambu murder suspect says he was inspired by ‘Killing Eve’ TV series.

Killing Eve is a British dark comedy-drama spy thriller television series first aired in 2018 by networks BBC America and BBC iPlayer.

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The prime suspect in the macabre murder of a family of five in Kiambu says he was influenced by a British TV show- Killing Eve.

Killing Eve is a British comedy-drama spy thriller television series.

Lawrence Simon Warunge told police he went online to search how he can execute his mission the same way the main character in the movie psychopathic assassin Villanelle does without a trace.

“He says he searched the whole script online and he intended to conceal his tracks by even killing the remaining sisters,” said an investigator aware of the probe.

Lawrence, 23, and an IT student at a local university, and his girlfriend Sarah Muthoni, apparently orchestrated these murders in January, 6th 2020.

Police are puzzled how he managed to kill the five without resistance.

Plans are to conduct an autopsy on the bodies Monday to establish how the victims died.

He was arrested on Friday night in Kabete area after he went to seek refuge there while on the run.

Lawrence is the son of the couple he killed in Karura area, Kiambu county last Tuesday.

Police said they arrested Lawrence after he went missing since Tuesday when his parents, two brothers, and a worker were brutally murdered at their home in Kiambaa Constituency, Kiambu county.

After his arrest, he confessed to the incident and led police to a residence in Mai Mahiu area on Saturday where they recovered the killer weapon- a kitchen knife, piece of clothes, shoes, and a piece of paper. He had thrown the exhibits to a pit latrine.

 

 

The home where the gruesome murders took place from

Police dug the wall of the latrine and used ropes to recover the exhibits from the 20 feet deep pit.

He also took police to an open field in the same area where he said he burnt some of the evidence.

 

Lawrence claims he killed the five alone, police said; but police said they are open to a possibility there were other players.

The most chilling part is where Lawrence said he caught up with his father-Nicholas Njenga Warunge-as he escaped from him after he broke one of his legs after jumping off a balcony.

“He says the father was hit by an electric cable as he ran away and jumped off the balcony and was indisposed further after he fractured a leg. This gave him time to catch up with him and killed him like a snake,” said an officer who had heard the confession.

The father’s body had 34 stab wounds. Lawrence’s girlfriend, who lived in the house in Mai Mahiu, is also being held for interrogation.

Lawrence said after he murdered the five using a kitchen knife at about 8pm he jumped onto a motorcycle and rode up to the nearby Wangige shopping center where he took a public service vehicle to Mai Mahiu while carrying the killer weapon and other recovered evidence.

The bodaboda rider is yet to be found for questioning. In his chilling confession, he said on arrival at Mai Mahiu, he went to an open field in the area where he burnt some of them on Tuesday, January 5 at about 11pm.

Detectives from the Homicide Unit visited the site and collected the debris for analysis.

The officers and the suspect donned white surgery clothes as they visited the scenes where he disposed of the exhibits.

Lawrence told police that his parents were “satanic and killers” hence deserved to die.

Lawrence is a university student in the city and was initially thought to have gone to school.

His mobile phone signal was traced to Mai Mahiu, Naivasha. It was later traced to Thika and later to Kabete area on Friday.

Police said the suspect went to a relative’s home in Ngongoro area to seek refuge there before they were alerted Friday night.

He was later arrested when he told police his parents were “satanic and cruel”.

Police had thought at least five people were involved in the murder of Nicholas Njoroge Warunge, his wife Annie, sons Christian and Maxwell and a construction worker James Kinyanjui.

Their badly mutilated bodies were found in their Kiambu home on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Warunge had arrived in Kenya from the USA where he worked as a nurse for Christmas holidays about 11 days before his murder.

His two elder daughters survived the cold blood murder because they had the previous day gone to school.

Annie, who worked with Kiambu County Government as a psychologist nurse, and two of their children, were found murdered and the bodies lying in the compound.

Lawrence told police he first killed the mason in his house, which is few meters away from the main house, by slitting his throat.

He then made his way into the house through the rear door, where he found his mother Annie, and hacked her to death before slitting her throat.

 

 

Killer girlfriend

The commotion in the kitchen drew the attention of the second victim, his cousin Maxwell Njenga, Warunge’s 13-year-old who was confronted along the corridor and cut in the head and throat.

He said he killed Maxwell even as he asked for mercy from him while kneeling. His blood brother Christian Njenga, who detectives say was killed and his throat slit on his bed, had just turned 13 on December 26, 2020.

He claimed his father Warunge was in the master bedroom upstairs at the time of the attack.

He rushed to the balcony on sensing danger and jumped down where he broke his leg but was caught up and stabbed him several times and left for the dead.

He has 34 stab wounds and a slit throat. Kiambu police boss Ali Nuno said they will also revisit past unsolved murder incidents that happened in the family and are probably related to the latest murder.

Tuesday’s incident was the fifth in the family according to Nuno. He said the first victim was killed in 2016 when one Allan Warunge, a brother to Njoroge was a victim twice.

He was shot for the first time and confined on a wheelchair before his assailants pursued him later.

“There have been an incident which involved Alan Njire Waruinge in 2016 who was a victim after being shot twice after being confined in a wheelchair. And there was Kenneth Mungai Waruinge who was assassinated alongside with his niece thereafter.”

“Kinyanjui Kamau, a family member, was also killed in unclear circumstances,” said Nuno.

 

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After stabbing to death his whole fam Lawrence lit the power & roamed the house like a successful viking at war . His shoes were soaked in blood so he removed them & walked to the shower in socks …..

 

Afterwards he dressed up, applied some skincare lotion like Elsa & went to the kitchen where he served himself his Mama’s food as she lay outside her kitchen dead.

Meanwhile at the servants quarter, fellow farmhand Mwas who had gone to imbibe Chrome Gin after a day of toil was arriving at around 9:30pm only to be met by lifeless body of his colleague James Kinyanjui. There & then, the alcohol in him evaporated.

 

And with a voice sharper than the fat lady he raised alarm calling on anyone to come help asap… Within minutes neighbors turnt up & later sleuths arrived cordoning the crime scene ready to solve the murder…

This activity outside caught Lawrence’s attention & like a pro he switched off the lights, walked up to his dad’s bedroom window & watched the police work thru the window. He watched like a physco.

And when the sleuths knocked on their gate trying to find out if the family had heard of the bad news, Lawrence failed to answer the gate forcing the sleuths to leave thinking that the family was asleep.

When they left , Lawrence selected a good movie to watch and slid into his father’s bed hoping that the movie would sooth him into deep sleep away from the chaos he had orchestrated.

By 4AM Lawrence was already awake ready to exit the scene. He carefully packed his bloodied jeans, shoes & murder weapons in a bag and made a last lap taking the phones off the cold bodies of his parents. Afterwards he locked the gates.

And boarded a bodaboda that took him to Wangige town where he hiked a delivery lorry straight to his HQs in Mai Mahiu. While on the way he also switched off his phone since the reality of his actions was dawning with the sunrise.

But on arrival he found his babe Sarah Muthoni had left for Thika which caused panic since she was to be his alibi when asked where he was that night.. Undeterred he proceeded with the next step which was to get rid of evidence.

He burnt the phones of his parents & some of his clothes then threw the murder weapon & clothes he had won during the attack into the pit latrine in their plot. Obviously this was a panic move since his alibi had failed.

Meanwhile back at home, curious neighbors gathered at the home in the morning looking forward to comfort the Warunges as they solved the murder of their worker…. However when they rang the bell nobody answered which was awkward forcing one neighbor to peep through the gate.

And it was at that moment he came face to face with the body of Nicholas who was stabbed 34 times 5ms from his gate… There & then he raised alarm & they jumped the wall into the house only to be met with 3 other bodies.

Very fast, they alerted sleuths who responded swiftly wondering how they missed seeing this yet they were there hrs ago taking the farmhands body. Just like her husband, Anne Njoroge’s body slept outside in the cold while the 2 boys died in the house.

A scene that scared sleuths who wondered whom the Warunge’s had pissed to do dem like dat. There & then they started piecing up things & noticed that the only survivor was nowhere to be seen… Sth was fishy so they started to pick on his trail.

 

Because they were sure where the other sibling survivors were & that was in school. One was a Form 4 student at St Angela Girls Karura & the other in Form 2 at Ngiriambu Girls…

And also they didn’t understand the motive of the gruesome murder so they wanted to find out if he was okay b/c in their analogy they didn’t think one guy could do dat. However when they called him his no was off…

 

His signal would later pop up on Friday 12AM when he switched on his phone while in Lower Kabete. When sleuths approached him & massaged his balls he opened up like a letter.

 

 

Led the sleuths to his HQs in Mai Mahiu where they dug a hole in the pit latrine & discovered the murder weapons plus other important materials.. Despite the victory in apprehension, the sleuths were still perturbed by his calm nature.

Lawrence showed no remorse whatsoever for his deeds & since the press was on his face, he carried with him pepper that he would bite so that he’d appear that he’s teary.

But deep down he felt nothing. Infact when asked by sleuths he told them that infact it was him who was in shock since he was wondering why all these people were wailing & crying for a family that deserved this & which was not theirs….

Lawrence is now in Remand Prison answering murder charges without hope of ever being free forever in his life. If he outlives his sentence he will have lived more days in jail than those he was free .

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