Catherine Waithera Njogu worked at Smart Initiative Solutions Agency in Dubai Image Credit: Supplied

DUBAI A Kenyan woman was brutally clubbed and stabbed to death at her workplace in Dubai Silicon Oasis by a man for spurning his advances on Facebook.

Catherine Waithera Njogu, 27, who moved to Dubai in August 2014 to join Smart Initiative Solutions Agency (SISA) as account manager, was reportedly battered with a baseball bat before being gored by a knife around 4.30pm on March 1 in the company’s seventh floor office in the Park Avenue building.

Her father Joseph Njogu, 50, who received Catherine’s body on Tuesday, a fortnight after the gruesome murder, said the family is in a state of shock. “She was a calm and collected girl with a beautiful heart that could never think of harming anyone,” Njogu told XPRESS from their hometown Ruiru in Kenya’s Kiambu County.

Taken into custody

Catherine’s workplace remained sealed when XPRESS visited the 14-storey tower last week.

Details of what actually happened are murky. A building staff said the killer was armed with a petrol bomb. Another man said the suspect set alight a pile of clothes to trigger fire alarms so he could take advantage of the ensuing melee and attack the woman.

Catherine’s father said the man who killed his daughter is also from Kenya and has been taken into custody. “He used to stalk my girl on Facebook and followed her everywhere. She was living in fear. I hope he gets the severest of punishments,” Njogu said.

“We feel betrayed because we thought she was in a safe environment. That she will be killed in broad daylight, in front of everyone at her workplace, is hard to accept. What was the security doing?”

A comment from the police was not readily available and Catherine’s employer refused to discuss the case saying it has already caused her “enough damage”.

Kenyan media reports claim the suspect works for a courier company in the UAE. Some accounts say he landed Catherine a job in Dubai hoping to win her heart, but became a jilted lover when she cold-shouldered him.

But Njogu rubbished these reports. “My daughter got a job on her own merit. Even if one were to believe that this man helped her does it give him the right to kill her?” he asked.

Catherine’s friends said they still can’t believe she’s dead.

“When I first heard about the incident I thought it was a cruel prank,” said one of them.

“I am saddened and shocked,” posted another friend on Facebook.

A classmate at Kenyatta Univ-ersity from where Catherine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy in 2012 said: “Oh no just woke up to this very sad news. So depressing, so surreal.”