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Detectives discover the body of tycoon Tob Cohen in a septic tank at his Kitisuru home

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,13TH SEPT 2019-Directorate of criminal investigation (DCI) detectives have found the  body of tycoon Tob Cohen  in a septic tank at his Kitisuru home in Nairobi.

DCI George Kinoti has confirmed.

The murder suspect, Wairimu, and her lawyer Philip Murgor were also at the home with detectives.

Cohen, a celebrated golf tournament organizer, 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.

Cohen is a former Chief Executive Officer of Dutch conglomerate Philips East Africa who has lived in Kenya for many years.

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.

Wairimu’s lawyer, 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”.

The late Tob Cohen,his body was found in a septic tank at his kitisuru home on 13 Sept 2019|COURTESY

Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki  had 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.”

When Wairimu was arrested two weeks ago, Kinoti said, “She is the prime suspect and that is why she was arrested.”

“We suspect he may have been killed,” he said.

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

The couple was involved in a divorce case. 

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