NAIROBI NEWS JANUARY 1920: “CONSTABLE ACCUSED”
January, 1920: When a phone call to the medical officer led to the discovery of a native lady (bibi) found with her throat cut, people initially attributed it to the native gang that had terrorized the rickshaw drivers. The woman had been missing for four days when she was found on Whitehouse road in the Sixth Avenue vicinity. The medical officer decided that a knife 3 to 4 inches long made the cut. After a bit of intriguing detective work, the husband was arrested in connection with the murder.
A piece of bloodstained cloth had been found about fifty yards away from the body and a bloodstained handkerchief was also discovered. On January 16, one hundred and twenty askaris (native police or native soldiers) searched the district and the husband’s house. Boxes inside the house were searched. Inside were clothes that had been carefully washed but not ironed or worn. A coat was found with a cut sleeve but no blood on it. The search continued for a knife or razor, a search which only turned up some Gillette Safety Razor blades, but no razor. The accused, a Sudanese askari corporal in the King’s African Rifles, said he lost his knife three weeks ago and the razor as well.
The accused man’s wife had apparently been “making a row” such that no person could sleep. The deceased’s mother said that the accused had “bought her daughter” three years ago. They had a three month old son and, while they’d been happy at first, had not lived happily for some time. Perhaps the husband just decided to silence her permanently?
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