Kenya: Cohen’s Widow Sarah Wairimu Due in Court Monday Over Tycoon’s Murder


Nairobi — Sarah Wairimu, the wife of the murdered Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen, is on Monday expected to face murder charges alongside another suspect arrested on Friday.

The High Court had this week directed Wairimu’s state of mind to be examined and a report tabled in court before she could take a plea.

The two suspects will appear before Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit, who heads the High Court Criminal Division.

Wairimu has been in custody for more than two weeks after police arrested her following the disappearance of her husband in July.

Detectives retrieved Cohen’s body from an underground water tank on Friday, inside his Kitusuru home.

It is not yet known at what point he was murdered but the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti on Friday said preliminary investigations established he was killed right inside his house.

“They took their time, to kill innocent Cohen,” a visibly emotional Kinoti told a battery of journalists, shortly after the body was retrieved.

“I don’t have enough words to describe it. Cohen was murdered in his own residence. It was a gruesome murder.”

According to his friends and relatives, Cohen had raised fears over his life.

Wairimu’s lawyer Phillip Murgor has however questioned the circumstances that led to Cohen’s body being discovered.

“Why after this long? A smart investigator would have started with these areas before anywhere else,” Murgor said in a press briefing on Saturday.