Margaret Wanjera Kabuchai had been longing to get a job that would enable her to pay her bills comfortably. She had a sigh of relief after receiving a call from Joseph Wamalwa Wafula alias Walter with a promise to link her with a potential employer in Malindi.
The 21-year-old, who was currently working as a house help, met with Wafula and together they set their journey to Malindi. It was at 6.30 pm when they reached Bamburi, and the tuk-tuk driver dropped them because 'it was already getting dark'.
They started walking and Wanjera discovered they were deep in the forest. She declined to move further and a confrontation ensued and the kidnapper hit her hard on the head before kicking her on the stomach.
He demanded Sh 30,000 but managed to give him Sh900, she had in her M-Pesa, with another Ksh 5,000 from her parents. She later asked Wafula that he liked her job and it would be good if they partner together.
The kidnapper agreed and also asked to sleep with her. Wanjera told him it would be good if they get a guest house and upon reaching the said venue, she told him that she was having a severe headache and she has to visit a nearby hospital.
The lady later narrated to the nurse what was happening with Wafula waiting outside. The nurse asked Wafula to leave her for the night because of her condition.
When Wafula came the next day, police pounced on him after disguising themselves as other kidnappers who want to work with him.
It was later found out that Wafula, a 23-year-old, is a serial kidnapper and has been asking for a ransom of Ksh30,000 to ksh50,000 from desperate families.
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