Sammy Boy! This is the Kikuyu gospel singer who was sentenced to death in December 2021 for robbery with violence.
When his time in jail was broadcast in local vernacular station, many of his fans were left shocked over what had become of him. In an interview with Inooro Tv, Sammy Boy cast himself as an innocent server of Christ Jesus who was the victim of a crime he did not commit.
Many people sympathized with him. But now, reports from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have exposed Sammy Boy as a dangerous criminal who hid behind gospel music to carry out his crime life.
This has been exposed through a report that was published by the Saturday Nation on May 14, 2022. The report in the Saturday Nation described Sammy Boy as a “double-faced man who turned out to be one of Central Kenya’s most wanted gangsters.”
In his interview with Inooro Tv, Sammy Boy had claimed that he should have been charged with holding stolen goods. Apparently, he claimed that the stolen goods he was arrested with belonged to a friend of his known as Onesmus Karanja.
He then went on to say that Karanja had died in a road accident years ago. It now turns out that Onesmus Karanja was actually an alias name that was used by one member of his criminal enterprise, Elias Kiriithi Gichuki.
According to the report in the Saturday Nation, “Kiriithi was profiled by police as one of Central Kenya’s most wanted criminals between 2017 and 2019. He was gunned down by police in a shootout during a botched robbery at Blue Valley area in Nyeri Town on October 10, 2019.” This was four years after Kiriithi and Sammy Boy robbed in GilGil.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations also showed the court that Sammy Boy was the one who had hired the vehicle the gangsters used to raid and rob a home in GilGil at gunpoint.
The report in the Saturday Nation shows that Sammy Boy had hired the van from Sammy Ngunjiri on August 9, 2015, who runs a rental car business in Kinoo. He claimed that he wanted to travel to Nyeri.
However, he did not return the car on August 11, 2015 as they had agreed. He was unreachable too. Within days, as Ngunjiri searched for the car, he learned that it had been impounded in connection to a robbery case and taken to Gilgil Police Station, with some of the stolen items stashed in.
Apparently, Sammy Boy alongside Simon Mwangi Nguyai, Robert Mwirigi Mureithi alias Keva, Elias Kiriithi Gichuki, Paul Thuita Wachira and Anthony Ndaiga Wandu had planned and raided Malewa Bush Ventures Camp in Gilgil where they staged a six-hour siege at night.
They had terrorized and stolen from the camp’s director Christine Mary Campell, her husband Christopher Edward Campbell, their mother, two close associates who were identified as Sharon Lindi Pape and Keith Bentley, and their three Kenyan employees.
Sammy and his gang, the Saturday Nation reported, were armed with a rifle, a pistol and knives for the robbery. The gang stole cash, both in local and foreign currency, assorted electronics including phones, tablets, laptops and other house appliances, and a guitar.
“Using phone data and after questioning a suspect who had been arrested in connection with the heist, police managed to track down the stolen items to Kinoo on the outskirts of Nairobi,” the report said.
On August 12, 2015, Sammy Boy was arrested after being found with some of the stolen items.