Kenya: Tycoon Tob Cohen's Body Found in a Septic Tank at His Kitisuru Home, DCI Kinoti Says

Slain Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen.
13 September 2019

Nairobi — The body of tycoon Tob Cohen has been found in a septic tank at his Kitisuru home in Nairobi, DCI George Kinoti has confirmed.

Kinoti said the body was discovered on Friday afternoon, a day after the tycoon's wife Sarah Wairimu was presented in court on a murder charge, but she did not immediately plead until next week when she will have undergone a mental assessment as ordered by the court.

"The body has been found in a septic tank at his home," Kinoti told Capital FM News from the scene of crimem, where he was accompanied by detectives from the DCI's Homicide department.

Cohen was reported missing two months ago, and his wife was arrested and detained until Thursday when the prosecution told the court that they had evidence to charge her with the murder.

Justice Charles Kariuki directed Wairimu's state of mind to be examined and the report tabled in Court Monday when the case will be mentioned.

Her lawyer Philip Murgor, who was angered by the decision to defer plea yet his client had been in custody for 16 days, was allowed to be present during the examination after he made damning allegations that one of the officers probing the murder is "sexually harassing her".

Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki told the court that investigations were still on and there was need to put some witnesses under protection before evidence in their possession can be furnished to the defense team.

An attempt by Murgor to object the mental examination and seek Wairimu's release on bail pending charges was thwarted after justice Kariuki told him "I am not here to listen to those applications. Make them on Monday before the head of the criminal division Justice Jessie Lesiit."

According to a charge sheet filed in court, "Sarah Wairimu Kamotho on the night of 19 and 20 July jointly with others not before court murdered Tob Chichou Cohen."

Sarah Wairimu Kamotho was arrested on Wednesday and locked up Muthaiga Police station after day-long interrogations at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

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DCI boss George Kinoti told Capital FM News that Wairimu was being held as a prime suspect in the disappearance, with fears that Cohen may have been killed.

"She is the prime suspect and that is why she was arrested," Kinoti said, "We suspect he may have been killed and that is why we want to seek more time from court to continue detaining her until the investigation is completed."

He said the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of the celebrated golf tournament organizer could be extended to The Netherlands.

Cohen is a former chief executive officer of Dutch conglomerate Philips East Africa who has lived in Kenya for many years.

In previous interrogations with police, Wairimu is reported to have told police that Cohen was last seen on July 20, when he left their Kitisuru home in Nairobi, and has never been seen again.

The Daily Nation quoting a letter she is said to have written to the Dutch Embassy said she complained that "Tob has depression and mental condition he won't address for personal reasons and this has (been) and is causing a lot of problems."

"He has become impossible to live with, even though we try. The family has stepped aside due to the abusive and vindictive nature of his condition," she wrote, in the letter to the Dutch Embassy that was seen by the daily that first reported the story. The Dutch embassy in Nairobi never replied to letters from Wairimu.

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