October 6, 2022

Panic Grips Likoni Residents as Dead Body found in Septic Tank

Police officers and the Mombasa County Fire Brigade at the septic tank where the body was dumped. Image: (Peter Maseke)


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A man has been killed and his body dumped in a septic tank in Likoni sending Panic among the area residents over insecurity.

This has brought the number to two people murdered under unclear circumstances in the sprawling slums of Likoni.

The decomposing body of  the man was retrieved yesterday  in a 25-feet deep septic tank adjacent to Kenya ferry services main office.

A joint operation by police and Mombasa county firefighters to retrieve the  corpse took more than three hours.

This comes barely a week after a university student was murdered in cold blood and his body dumped in a thicket at Kibundani in Shikaadabu area.

He had received a text message from a friend who wanted to meet him before he was found later dead with his throat slit and ears chopped off.
Police are yet to arrest the killers.
Likoni sub county police commander Jane Munywoki confirmed the retrieval of the corpse but said the man is yet to be identified.

“No one has come out to claim the corpse,we are yet to identity him,” she said.
Likoni beach management unit official who did not want his name mentioned and who was in the process of building a yacht said they felt a strong stench emanating from the semi closed septic tank and that is when they went to report to Likoni police station.
Hundreds of residents milled around to catch a glimpse ,blocking the entrance to Kenya ferry offices despite  the strong smell that it was producing, many using their face masks to block their noses.

Mombasa County Fire Brigade, Police and other members of the community prepare to put on hand gloves to retrieve the body from a septic tank. Image: PETER MASEKE

The man in his 30s had no clothes and he had injuries on his head and his private parts an indication he might have been tortured before he was murdered.

Abdullah Kaka, a resident of Kibuyuni said the man was not known in the area and they have not yet heard of any missing person adding that the man might have been killed elsewhere and his body dumped there.
Kassim Bakari from County firefighter team who had got inside the septic tank to tie the corpse for retrieval said the man had severe head injuries.

“The man might have stayed in the tank for the last 48 hours ,I witnessed injuries on his head and on his manhood,” he said at the scene.
The body was later wrapped in white body bag and taken to coast general hospital morgue.

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