A Nakuru family is crying for justice after their son died in a police cell under mysterious circumstances.
32-year-old Kariuki Muchiri is alleged to have committed suicide inside a holding cell at the Teachers’ Police Post where he had been locked up following his arrest on Saturday night for allegedly being drunk.
According to his wife Elizabeth Wambui, they started searching for Muchiri on Sunday morning after he failed to return home the previous night.
The cat operator had called his wife on Saturday, saying he would return home late that day but did not show up.
On Monday, the local nyumba kumi chairman called them to go and identify a body at the county mortuary.
She reported officers at the police post were cagey with information and told her that all persons who had been arrested and booked at the police post had been transferred to the central police station on Sunday.
According to the mother of three, the body of her late husband was taken to the Nakuru county mortuary on Sunday morning around 9.00am. According to the reports at the morgue, her husband committed suicide.
The family now wants the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to take up the matter and investigate what they are claiming is a possible cover-up by the police.
They further observe that the body of the late has strange marks around the neck.
Officers at the teacher’s police post were unwilling to comment on the matter, referring journalists to the Nakuru OCPD Samuel Obara who was not in the office.
A postmortem to determine the cause of the death is expected to be carried out on Wednesday.