The deceased was an auditor at Kenya Railways.
Harrison Mutisya Muiva was nabbed at lodging in Mlolongo town within Athi River sub-county on Friday, April 1, exactly a week after Mutinda’s body was found.
Police arrested him two days after the deceased’s car Mazda CX5 KCY 848 was recovered abandoned in Makueni County on March 30.
Athi River sub-county criminal investigations officer John Kanda said the suspect was arrested after he unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide.
“It was reported to Mlolongo police station on 01/04/2022 at 0530 hours by one Margaret Nyambura, a lodging attendant of Miniamax Swallows, that there was an unknown person who had lodged in room number 3 on Thursday and had collapsed at the door within foam emanating from the mouth and nose,” Kanda told the Star on Friday.
Kanda said police rushed to the scene where the person was identified as Harrison Mutisya Muiva, the murder suspect being sought by DCI Machakos.
It’s said that both Muiva and Mutinda were divorced from their previous marriages and were living together as husband and wife. Muiva hadn’t paid a dowry to formalise the marriage.
Independent sources also revealed that Mutinda had a child from the first marriage.
Inside the said room, police recovered sachets of poison.
Kanda said the suspect had been rushed to Kitengela Level 4 Hospital in Kajiado County where he was being treated under police guard.
Mutinda’s body was discovered by the suspect’s parents lying on their bed in a pool of blood.
Detectives probing the matter said it was suspected that Muiva hacked the woman to death using a panga. The murder weapon was also recovered by the sleuths.
An autopsy conducted on the body revealed that the woman died because of severe bleeding following multiple deep cut wounds inflicted on her body.
The body is lying at a Machakos mortuary.