A 23-year-old’s plan to fleece his parents in a fake kidnapping scheme went south after he was robbed of the money he managed to fleece his mother and father.
According to the Director of Criminal Investigation, Edwin Kamau, a 23-year-old medical student at Makindu Medical Training College, ‘disappeared’ last Sunday and blocked his father before calling his mother, claiming his kidnappers were demanding a Sh70,000 ransom to set him free.
The parents reported the matter to a police officer who launched a thorough search for the kidnappers in an effort to rescue Kamau, who was persistently asking his parents to act because he was about to be eliminated.
In an effort to save him, his parents sent Sh10,000 on Wednesday and another Sh40,000 on Thursday.
The DCI notes interestingly that immediately after Kamau received the initial Sh10,000, he went to a club in Thika to enjoy the ‘ransom’ in the company of a woman he had just met.
The ‘mchele babe’ woman is said to have taken advantage of the young man, laced his drink with an unknown substance, and made away with his ‘hard-earned’ cash.
As if that was not enough, the young lad phoned his parents for another Sh40,000 and disappeared, but, unfortunately for him, his 40 days had just clocked in.
Detectives arrested him and managed to recover the remaining Sh38,000.
Kamau revealed that he came up with the plan to raise fees after he had squandered last semester’s cash and that it was a well-oiled plan with two other students whose parents were also conned.
Kamau is now cooling his heels at Kayole Police Station in Nairobi.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.