A post mortem report on Benjamin Imbai, one of the missing Kitengela friends whose body was found in Thika has revealed that the victim fought his killers when he met his death.
Imbai’s body was found in Kieni forest by a plumber who was working on some water pipes in Gatundu North and his body taken to General Kago morgue on April 20.
The autopsy showed that Imbai, 30, was killed through suffocation and strangulation with signs that he had a confrontation with his killers without success.
The report showed that the killers handcuffed him and later used a rope to pin him down and suffocate him from the marks on his neck and hands.
The report further noted that the body had bruises indicating a struggle with the perpetrators as well as bleeding in both eyes.
“On respiratory system, there is muscle and oesophagus bruising while on the cardiovascular system, there are contusions of the major neck blood vessels due to strangulation,” the report observed.
The body was also found to have bruises on the middle part of the throat (oropharynx) and on the back of his tongue, which indicated that he may have been hit around the mouth area.
Officers who retrieved the body from the forest stated that the victim only had a pair of trousers on without any shoes or shirt.
They also observed deep scars on his hands, as if he had been handcuffed by his killers before he was killed.
An earlier autopsy that had been conducted on Elijah Obuong, whose body was found near Mukungai River, at the Murang’a County Referral Hospital morgue has revealed that he died of strangulation.
Samples from his stomach were also taken to establish whether he and his three other friends, Jack Ochieng, Benjamin Imbai, and Brian Odour, were poisoned at the hotel where they were last seen.
At the same time, on April 30, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, directed the Director of Criminal Investigations to form a special team that would probe the disappearance of the four friends.
The special team is expected to give a report in a month’s time.