Police investigating new leads in murder of Australian teacher

Gabrielle Maina
Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina.

The funeral for murdered Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina has taken place as Kenyan police are reported to be following new leads.

40-year-old teacher, Ms Maina, was shot dead by armed men riding a motorbike while walking near her home in the suburb of Karen on October 19.

Her estranged husband, Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna and his cousin John Njuguna Waithira were initially arrested in relation to the murder, but released without charge after investigators had failed to find any evidence that the pair were involved.

It had been reported that the teacher had been awarded a restraining order against her husband in April this year.

Police are now investigating a stolen mobile phone syndicate operating from the Kawangware slum in Nairobi in relation to Ms Maina’s death.

ABC reports that Ms Maina’s bag which contained her mobile phone and a purse was stolen on the night of her murder and hasn’t been recovered.

Her phone was turned off in Kawangware a short time after two shots and the sound of a motorbike speeding away were heard on the night of her death.

Kenyan police are also investigating whether there is any connection to another armed robbery on the same road in March, in which a stolen phone belonging to an American man was later found in Kawangware.

Following the funeral, some of Ms Maina’s ashes will remain in Kenya while the rest will be returned to Australia.