Eldoret East DCI boss Ali Kingi on Wednesday disclosed details of Naftali Njahi Kinuthia's confession to killing Moi University student Ivy Wangechi.
Mr Kingi divulged that the suspect, who is still admitted at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, narrated how Ms Wangechi had refused to return his calls after he sent her some money.
"The accused said he used to send the woman some money. The girl, according to the suspect, had told him that she was organizing her birthday party, which would happen soon.
"He said he sent her some money to arrange the event. Since then, the woman refused to pick his calls, said the suspect.
"That is what prompted him to travel [from Thika] to Eldoret. He said he wanted to know why she was ignoring him," Mr Kingi conveyed.
Ms Wangechi's birthday is March 10, she would have celebrated it on Wednesday.
I used to visit Ivy often in the past - Naftali Njahi Kinuthia
The murder suspect further told the detectives that the constant refusal to pick his phone calls pushed him to the edge.
According to the Kinuthia's confession, it was not the first he was visiting Eldoret, the suspect claimed he used to do it often.
The detective further revealed that Ivy's parents admitted to knowing Kinuthia adding that he would often visit them and was a family friend.
"They were also shocked why Kinuthia killed Ivy. The suspect and the deceased knew each other since childhood," Kingi noted.
Murder in broad daylight
Ms Wangechi was hacked with an axe on Tuesday morning outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The suspect is said to have been waiting for Wangechi at the gate, armed with an axe and a knife in a sack.
Boda boda operators near the gate witnessed the scene and ganged up to burn the suspect alive.
He was rescued and admitted at the hospital where he was receiving treatment for severe burns.
Update on the suspect's Health Condition
On Wednesday, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital CEO Wilson Aruasa said Kinuthia's condition was severe but stable after undergoing a number of surgeries.
Kinuthia sustained serious injuries to his head after boda boda operators descended on him after committing the heinous act.
Dr Aruasa explained that the murder suspect's skull was cracked and there had been bleeding into the brain.