The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Two to Face Trial Over Us Citizen's Death

TWO suspects will stand murder trials in a case surrounding the death of a US citizen in Majengo Mapya area in Likoni. Likoni DCIO Harrison Ondego said investigators are yet to establish the motive of the murder.

He said investigation indicates that a Kenyan, Hamis Hassan Osman 31 and a Somali national Mohammed Bashir 15 conspired in the brutal rape and murder of the deceased .

"Preliminary investigation indicates that Bashir plotted the murder of Jamila Haji, 19 on September 3," Ondego said. He said Jamila was a former refugee from Somalia who acquired US citizenship but returned to Kenya on August 6th to meet her family.

"She arrived in the country in accompany of her mother and brother, both US citizens and had travelled to Tanzania and returned back to Kenya on September 1," Ondego said.

He said the family had stayed in US for the last 8 years when they decided to visit their relatives in Likoni when the incident occurred.

Her body with visible hands, leg injuries was found stashed in a metallic drum and dumped in a building under construction.

"The family members had reported about her disappearance and our officers were dispatched. After a search her body was discovered," said Ondego.

He said Bashir had gone to buy airtime with the victim and only returned without her. Likoni police boss Abaggaro Guyo said police have been granted seven more days by the court to detain the suspects to allow them conduct DNA and postmortem examination.

"Their statements are contradicting we believe they were wholly responsible for the murder, definitely they will face murder and additional rape charges once the postmortem report is out," he said.

The family members have recorded statements with the police to assist in the investigation.

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