Samuel Wanjiru Athlete’s widow reveals identity of woman who strangled her

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Triza Njeri Wanjiru found the woman in her husband’s bed on that fateful night he died after falling off the balcony.

Samuel Wanjiru and his wife play

Samuel Wanjiru and his wife


On the morning of 16th May 2011, the world woke up to the tragic news that the youngest runner to win four major marathons had passed on.

Samuel Wanjiru was said to have jumped off or fallen off the balcony after an explosive fight with his wife Triza Wanjiru.

However, the possibility of suicide was ruled out by former government chief pathologist Moses Njue who said that the height he fell from 'was not enough to generate momentum to kill him.'

"I am convinced that the deceased was hit by another person after he fell on the ground."He said in a court testimony.

play The fall was not enough to generate momentum to kill Samuel (Courtesy)


Fast forward to a few years after his death, his wife Triza has taken the stand in a court session presided over by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.

 Triza divulged that she found the woman who has now been identified as Jane Nduta in her matrimonial bed after coming home from the house of her husband’s lorry driver.

“When I came back home from the house of my husband’s lorry driver, James Maara Mahia, at around 10 pm, I found Kamau sleeping with a strange woman in our bedroom.” She said as quoted by Standard Newspaper.

play Triza in court (The Star)


And a scuffle ensued after the woman claimed that the house located in Muthaiga Nyahururu was hers. Things then spiralled out of control after Nduta pounced on her.“Nduta jumped from the bed and grabbed my neck. The corner lights were on and I could see her.” She said.

All the while Wanjiru lay on his bed facing the ceiling seemingly unmoved by the confrontation that was going on. Njeri then left the room and padlocked it before locking the metal gate that divided the floor where the bedroom was located and the downstairs.

She decided to flee and while she was fleeing the house Wanjiru went to the balcony and allegedly demanded that she opens the door but she didn’t because she feared he would kill her.

play Police at Wanjiru's home after his death (The New York Times)


Njeri learnt of her husband’s fatal fall through a phone call from James Maara Mahia who informed her that her husband had fallen off the first-floor balcony. She later went and recorded a statement with the police before leaving for her house then returning to the station where she learned that her husband had passed on.

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