Police raid of John Matara's house unearths disturbing items


• The man is the prime suspect in the murder of socialite Scarlet Wahu.

John Matara

In Nairobi's Kahawa West, detectives combed through the small house of John Matara, the prime suspect in socialite Starlet Wahu's brutal murder. They were looking for more clues in the ongoing investigation.

Matara, who lived alone for five months, had only basic furniture: a chair, table, and computer. Other items included empty alcohol bottles, books, and notes on the walls.

But what raised alarm bells were disturbing items like HIV testing kits and condoms, suggesting possible abuse of his victims.

Neighbours described Matara's strange routine: days spent indoors, evenings out, and late-night returns in a drunken state. The house caretaker confirmed his financial struggles and missed rent payments.

This wasn't Matara's first brush with trouble. Women from Nakuru, Kasarani, Kiwanja, and Ruiru came forward, accusing him of meeting them on dating apps, then assaulting them, stealing money, and disappearing.

Sadly, previous reports were ignored, but now police are combining all accusations for a stronger case. Starlet Wahu's murder on January 3rd thrust Matara into the limelight.

Found in a bloodstained Airbnb room, her death followed a shared night with Matara who later fled with bloodstained clothes.

Three more victims have come forward, alleging assault and robbery by Matara. Police urge any other victims to come forward and a special team is dedicated to hearing their stories and pursuing justice.

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