Nyeri businessman Stephen Wang’ondu, who was accused of orchestrating the murder of his son; Daniel Mwangi Wang'ondu is dead.

Reports indicate that Wang’ondu died at the Outspan Hospital in Nyeri where he was receiving treatment.

It is alleged that he succumbed to Covid-19 related complications. Nairobi Leo is, however, yet to confirm the same.

Wang’ondu’s death comes one day after he was released from prison on an Sh1 million bond.

The deceased had been taken in over accusations of paying Eddy Kariuki, Raphael Wachira, Geoffrey Warutumo, and James Mwangi; a driver, to kill his son.

According to the DCI, Wang'ondu made a Ksh100,000 down payment to have his son killed.

An affidavit submitted at the Nyeri High Court by DCI officer Joyce Maluki detailed the roles played by each of the five perpetrators.

From Left: Geoffrey Warutumo, Raphael Wachira, Eddy Kariuki, James Mahinda and Stephen Wang’ondu in Nyeri Court on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. |Photo| Courtesy|

The driver was mandated with putting together a team and an elaborate plan to murder Mwangi on the father's instruction.

"Evidence gathered so far indicates that the first accused (father) contacted the second accused (driver) informing him that he had a job he wanted done and that he needed to get persons who could eliminate his son," the documents read in part.

The sleuths detailed that the driver reached out to Warutumo who in turn contacted Wachira and Kariuki.

The four then convened at a popular local restaurant in Nyeri Town on the night of December 31, 2020, where they finalised their plot.

DCI states that the driver then went to a hardware store in Mweiga Town where he purchased a metal rod that would later be used in the killing.

On the morning of January 1, 2021, Mwangi was found soaked in his blood. A post mortem conducted on the body indicated that he suffered multiple stab wounds and cuts.