Three Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students have been arrested following the death of a student.
Taylon Mbuthia, a 20-year-old second-year student at Kirinyaga University, lost his life on Tuesday after falling from the third floor of an apartment in Juja after binge drinking with his girlfriend and her other boyfriend.
Before meeting his death, Mbuthia had on Sunday visited his girlfriend Margaret Nyambura, a first-year student JKUAT, according to a report by police.
They partied and had a good time in her house on Sunday through Monday alongside Margaret’s roommate only identified as Shantel and another man identified as Joe Momanyi.
On Monday, the four were joined by one Brian Andaki, a fourth-year student at JKUAT, who had come to pick Nyambura. When Andaki inquired who Mbuthia was, Margaret introduced him as her cousin, who had brought greetings from home.
The five students continued partying until late Monday night when hunger pangs hit them and they decided to go look for food outside. Shantel, who was already intoxicated and could barely move, was left sleeping.
“Once outside, they found the nearby eatery already closed and decided to continue partying at a nearby joint,” reads a report by the DCI.
At around 1:00 am, the four staggered back to Margaret’s bedsitter, but as they scaled the flight of stairs, an argument ensued between Andaki and Mbuthia after the former realized that the latter was not Margaret’s cousin after all. The two are believed to have fought at Margaret’s door before the deceased landed on the ground floor under mysterious circumstances.
The apartment’s caretaker told detectives that he was woken up by a loud thud before he rushed outside only to find the deceased’s body lying on the ground floor. He immediately alerted detectives based at DCI Juja, who rushed to the scene and found the deceased’s body bearing multiple fractures, with blood oozing from his mouth and nose.
Margaret, Andaki, and Momanyi remain in custody as the main suspects as investigations into the death of Mbuthia continue.