Tamati Mauti, the prime suspect in the murder of a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Kate Mitchell on Friday, November 19, 2021, was engaged.
Details have emerged that Mauti and his fiancée, Ms Michelle Akinyi were to wed in December, a plan that will never come to pass after he jumped to his death from the eighth floor of Ibis Styles Hotel in Westlands as he tried to run away from the scene of crime.
According to the police, Mauti had booked a room with Akinyi on the seventh floor of the same building, something that detective found to be quite odd.
He later left his Akinyi that he was going to the bar shortly, however, Akinyi would wait the whole night without Mauti showing up. It is this time the detectives believe Mauti was allegedly engaged in a confrontation with the BBC project manager, and killed her.
Akinyi, who had no idea of what had happened, only got to know of Mr Mauti’s death at Kilimani Police Station, where she was taken to record her statement.
“She was beyond shocked when the detectives brought her in for questioning. She quickly identified the body of her boyfriend and this is when we even knew that they had planned to wed this December,” Kilimani Sub County Police Commander Muturi Mbogo told the Nation.
Preliminary investigations showed that Mitchell was stabbed before being strangled to death.
The police have established that while at the bar, Mr Mauti and the British national had a few drinks together, then Ms Mitchell left for her room.
“We suspect that this is when the two engaged in a scuffle that resulted in the death of Ms Mitchell, who after realising things were getting out of control, pressed the room’s alarm. This must have spooked Mr Mauti, who, forgetting they were on the eighth floor, jumped out of the window and died,” Kilimani Sub County Police Commander Muturi Mbogo stated.