Lawrence Warunge Murders: It all sounds like a horror movie in which a psycopathic son plots and murders his very own parents and siblings. And indeed, after killing his own parents, broter, cousin and their farm worker, Lawrence Warunge has confessed that he was motivated and inspired by the psychopathic assassin Villanelle, real name Jodie Comer, who features in a British dark comedy-drama spy thriller TV series known as Killing Eve.
Warunge who is a university student has admitted that he had planned to murder all his family members on Saturday January 2. He had been planning the murders for a period of three months.
According to a report that appeared on K24 authored by Zadock Angira, Warunge had told his girlfriend that there was something he wanted to do that would make him and his family live in peace for the rest of their life.
“During this period, even as he watched movies, he also practiced how to camouflage, and commit the horrendous act, which aborted three times with the second last planned for January 2, without being noticed,” the report said.
The report says that on that Saturday, he tried to convince the girlfriend, a teetotaller, to drink and smoke bhang, in vain. He expected the girl to pass out as he rushed to his rural home and butcher his kin and come back. He had hoped to use the girlfriend as an alibi after killing his family using carbon monoxide.
“The shoe prints impressions at the scene of crime which were recorded and documented at the scene matched those of the shoes that were recovered in Mai Mahiu on Saturday. After his shoes got soaked in blood, he removed them and walked in the house in his socks. He would later put on the shoes which were recovered in Mai Mahiu before finally putting on a woman’s shoes. He bought the lady’s shoes in Thika,” it said.
The chronology of the events are as shocking as the event itself. Apparently, the report says that Warunge asked the girlfriend to buy for him a knife in Thika. The nine-inch knife, with a metallic handle, was among the exhibits recovered on Saturday.
“At Thika, the suspect also bought a pair of trousers, a jacket, a lady’s shoes, a piece of wigs and a female doll. He later cut off the doll’s head. From Thika, the suspect proceeded to Nairobi CBD where he visited Uhuru Park and Holy Family Basilica. Fearing that he could be searched at the church, he proceeded to one of the supermarkets where he deposited his luggage which were in a red carrier bag, containing the things he bought, plus the knife,” the report went on.
Here is the last part of the shocking report as published by K24 Tv:
He left the supermarket with the luggage tag, leaving his bag behind, and proceeded to the church. At around 4pm, he went and boarded a Limuru-bound passenger vehicle and on reaching Limuru he took another vehicle home in Wangunyu, Kiambaa.
On reaching home, he found James Kinyanjui and asked him for a metal bar. He, however, did not disclose what he wanted to do with it. At one point, he was very nervous and when the deceased asked him, he simply said he had a lot of stress, without expounding.
He would later catch Kinyanjui unawares, and hit him at the back of the head several times before he cut his throat using the knife he had earlier bought in Thika. According to him, he decided to slit Kinjanjui’s throat after he ‘refused to die’.
A blood spatter analysis would later confirm that the blood pattern on the wall curtain emanated from a high pressure vein, the throat.
Warunge remained around the initial crime scene until around 8pm when he saw his father was driven home in a taxi.
Shortly thereafter, he scaled the perimeter wall. He got shocked by the electric fence but still managed to get into the compound.
The father had brought home some bottles of Balozi beer, some of which were recovered in the house, the secondary scene.
While in the compound, he saw the mother in the kitchen and he proceeded to the main switch and disconnected the power.
He had some paraffin which he sprinkled on a green paper bag and set it on fire, just outside the kitchen door.
Curious to know what was happening, the mother got out and he hit her at the back of the head with the metal bar.
The brother, who heard the commotion and rushed to the door, oblivious of the impending danger was also attacked.
The mother fell down unconscious while the injured brother rushed back to the room.
All this while, the father who was taking some beer in the bedroom upstairs, was not aware that the family was under attack from their own son.
Shortly thereafter, on sensing some commotion, he went downstairs but met the son armed with a knife. He ran back but the son followed him.
Fearing for his life, he jumped from the bedroom balcony. He got injured and the son followed him where he stabbed him several times, before slitting his throat.
He would later hear the father attempting to open the gate, to escape. He pursued him and stabbed him even more, leaving him with his intestines out.
Investigations revealed that at this point he was only on his socks, as he had removed his blood-soaked shoes.
He then killed one of his brothers, Maxwell Njenga, a Class Seven pupil at Wangunyu primary school and went room for room looking for the other brother. He found the brother, Christian Njenga, hiding under his bed in his room. The younger brother pleaded with him to spare his life. He would hear none of that, and stabbed him several times before slitting his throat.
After killing the family members, he showered and ate the food the mother was preparing and later sat down and watched a programme of television.
He slept on his father’s bed until around 4am when he woke up and asked for a lift in one of the delivery vans. He went to Naivasha and later went to Mai Mahiu, the rural home of his girlfriend who was by then in Thika.
There, he burnt some of his clothes and the mobile phones belonging to his parents which he had collected from the house. He later went to Lower Kabete where he was arrested. On Friday at around midnight, he switched on his phone and detectives picked his signals, which led to his arrest.