Kenya: Cohen Widow Granted Permission to Witness Scheduled Autopsy, Counsel Says

18 September 2019

By JOSEPH MURAYA, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 18 - The High Court has allowed Sarah Wairimu, the widow of Dutch Tycoon Tob Cohen to be present during the autopsy of her estranged husband at the Chiromo Mortuary, her counsel said on Wednesday.

Phillip Murgor said he's secured an order to have Wairimu witness the exercise set to be undertaken by the Government Chief Pathologist Johansen Odour.

According to her lawyer Murgor, the order was issued by Lady Justice Stella Mutuku.

"The postmortem will not proceed without her presence here," Murgor said during a press conference at the Chiromo Funeral Parlour.

He said the order was being extracted to be served to prison authorities.

"It will be given to the prison authorities so that she can be brought," he said.

Wairimu is being held at the Langata women's prison.

Already, Cohen's body has undergone an X-ray, ahead of postmortem on Wednesday.

The exercise was initially meant to be conducted on Tuesday but aborted after Murgor, acting on behalf of Wairimu, rejected the Government Pathologist on duty, Dr Peter Ndegwa.

He is said to have made some remarks at the alleged scene of crime, Cohen's Kitisuru home, that rattled them.

The incident happened on Friday last week when Cohen's body was found dumped in an underground water tank.

Chief Government Pathologist, his counterparts representing the Cohen's family and Wairimu, lawyer's, a team from the Government Chemist and detectives were present at Chiromo mortuary on Wednesday.

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