Masten Wanjala confessed killer escaped custody. Wanjala who is linked to more than 10 children was to appear in court yesterday. suspicion. New information has emerged on how Wanjala escaped police custody.
Three police officers have been arrested on suspicion of assisting the Offender. Police Inspector, Philip Mbithi, Police Constables, Boniface Mutuma and Precious Mwende, of Jogoo Police Station, are in custody. They will be charged with aiding escape from lawful custody and neglect of official duty, both in violation of Sections 124 and 128 of the Penal Code.
From reports, he may have escaped during dinner or later because there was a power outage at the station between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.Wanjala was last seen eating dinner in his cell with seven other inmates between 6 and 7 p.m. A roll call taken by an officer who reported on duty eight hours later at 7am revealed that Wanjala was missing although all the other inmates were in the cell.
The mysterious escape raises the question of how a confessed murderer managed to flee from a highly secure police station guarded around the clock by armed police officers. It is still unclear how wanjala escaped as there were no signs of breakage in the cell raising concerns on police’s treatment of suspects in their custody.
Wanjala was reported missing on the day he was scheduled to appear in court to answer criminal charges related to the murder of t least eight children. In his confession, he allegedly admitted to killing the children after disguising himself as a football coach. Most of the children Wanjala is accused of killing died in gruesome ways. Some were drugged, a few had been strangled, while others suffered blunt force trauma to their heads.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Special Service Unit have launched a nationwide manhunt for the fugitive.