Murder suspect Lawrence Simon Warunge has confessed he killed four members of his family and their farmhand, according to reports.
Citizen Digital reports that the 22-year-old Mt Kenya University student told homicide detectives that ‘Killing Eve’, a British dark comedy-drama spy thriller TV series inspired him to commit the cold-blooded killings.
The suspect who was arrested in Lower Kabete on Friday night said he chose to eliminate his father, mother, brother, and cousin because they were badmouthing him.
He also told officers that he initially wanted to kill everyone in the family including his two sisters but the plan failed after they returned to school on December 5th.
A police report shows that he first killed 40-year-old James Kinyanjui, the family’s farmhand who lived a few meters from the main house.
He then attacked and killed his mother Anne Wanjiku, a nurse employed by the Kiambu County government, followed by his 13-year-old brother Christian Njenga who responded to his mother’s distress call.
Lawrence then descended upon his father Nicholas Njoroge Warunge who had jumped from the balcony attempting to flee.
Njoroge, a US-based nurse who arrived in the country on December 4th to spend the Christmas holiday with his family, was stabbed 34 times and his throat slit.
The last to be killed was his cousin, 13-year-old Maxwell Njenga who was hiding under the bed. The suspect told detectives that he stabbed the minor with a knife despite him kneeling and pleading for mercy.
Lawrence further said that before embarking on his killing mission, he researched on the internet the best way to execute the crime.
To ensure none of his victims survived, he would hit them on the head with a metal bar, stab them multiple times on the chest before slitting their throat.
After killing the five, he packed his bloodied clothes, phones of the victims, and the murder weapons in a bag and traveled to Njikase village in Mai-Mahiu, Nakuru County where he had rented a house with his girlfriend.
The Bachelor of Business in IT student disposed of the knife, the bloody clothes, and one house key in a public toilet and burned other items including a mobile phone in a nearby valley.
His girlfriend, Sarah Muthoni is also in police custody to aid officers in investigations.