NAIROBI NEWS FEBRUARY 28, 1920: “THE RUIRU MURDERS PART 2”
The Ruiru flumes, as noted in the last entry, was the site of a murder in February, 1920. The victim, an Indian man who worked at the flumes, was found in the water as if he’d fallen, hit his head, and drowned. But blood on the steps and a murder weapon told a different tale. The victim weighed “12 stone” (168 pounds) so it was surmised that more than one man was involved in dragging him up the steps after killing him. In fact, very shortly after, two Indian men who shared a room at Ruiru were arrested and the police were heading for Nairobi in pursuit of a third man. These men had turned off the water to the first flume in order to bring their victim out to investigate.
According to the special correspondent for The Leader of British East Africa, the evidence against the men arrested at Ruiru took the form of blood-stained clothing and blood on their door. The deceased was of a different caste from the arrested men which “may be the explanation of the ferocity of the attack.” Gambling was suggested as the motive. An inquest was held at the scene of the crime. European constable R. Ridgway, of Ruiru, was the investigating officer and the medical officer came from Kiambu.
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