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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

DCI seek to unravel mysterious murder of 6-year-old girl


The DCI has launched investigations into the murder of a six-year-old girl Beverly Mumo.

According to homicide detectives privy to the matter, investigations are focused on the role the girl’s father, stepmother, stepsister, a nephew to his father, and a house help played in the murder.

The detectives who spoke to the Star said they have every reason to believe that Beverly Mumo was killed.

They said they are particularly keen to establish how the wounds on Beverly’s body were inflicted.

They are also seeking to establish if she was failed by the children’s department under whose care she was placed.

The DCI and relatives are expected to appear today at the Milimani Law courts for an inquest.

A story published earlier on Capital FM news indicated that Mumo died as a result of sustained torture and not pneumonia or Covid-19 as suspected earlier.

The article indicated that an autopsy report had revealed the deceased lost too much blood at the time of her death.

Mumo has been at the centre of a protracted court battle in which she was being tossed between her separated parents.

According to preliminary reports, Mumo was on August 24, declared dead on arrival at Mater hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Her father Robinson Musyoki told police that he had given her some medication that was acquired from a Chemist in Syokimau, but then the condition worsened later in the day.

The autopsy conducted on September 2 by four pathologists led by government pathologist Johansen Odour revealed injuries distributed on all her body characterized by physical abuse.

According to the report, the manner of death was “non-accidental pediatric injuries, consistent with pediatric abuse (homicide).”

There are hemorrhagic joint effusions consistent with congestive cardiac failure, severe anaemia secondary to chronic blood loss and multiple blunt force traumatic injuries.
Autoposy report

Detectives told the Star that her elder brother who has since been rescued from falling into a similar fate by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations homicide detectives has not had a smooth ride either.

Their parents Robinson Musyoki and Naomi Kiamba got married in 2010 through a church wedding before they were blessed with the boy in 2011.

In 2014, the couple was blessed with a second child, a girl named Beverly.

Preliminary reports indicate that a year in their marriage, seeds of disharmony were planted, escalated into wrangles that were never handled conclusively.

After years of struggle and near-depression, Musyoki and Kiamba separated in 2017 marking the beginning of a tedious children custodial battle at the Milimani Court.

Just before the separation, Kiamba who is now a gospel artist had attempted to commit suicide.

It is marked as case Number 972/2017.

In the first round of court proceedings, it was ruled that Kiamba takes the custody of the children on condition that he allows Musyoki to have them every weekend.

According to police reports, this arrangement went on well until early 2018 when Musyoki all over a sudden indicated that he was no longer interested in seeing them.

However, in late 2019, Musyoki returned to the Children’s Court and pleaded that he be granted custody of the children during school holidays.

A Magistrate’s Court granted Musyoki conditional custody and he was allowed to stay with his children between October 29 and December 5, 2019.

According to court documents, Musyoki, however, violated the custodial conditions and till Mumo’s death, her mother Kiamba had not set eyes on her daughter.

On December 4, 2019, Kiamba sent a text message to her ex-husband, to remind him he had only 24 hours remaining, for him to stay with the children.

Musyoki responded indicating that he intended to take their son for circumcision on December 15.

Kiamba sought court redress that saw a warrant of arrest issued in January 2020 after her ex-husband failed to present the children in court as ordered.

Unfortunately, from the Industrial Police Station in Nairobi to Mlolongo and Emali in Makueni, the warrant of arrest was never effected.

After months of hide and seek, and with the Covid-19 pandemic that slowed down court activities, everything came to a halt until August 24, the day Mumo was declared dead on arrival at Mater hospital in Nairobi.

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