In Summary
  • Ms Wairimu had initially told the police that the businessman had travelled abroad to rest and get treatment.
  • Since the CCTV cameras in their expansive Nairobi residence had been changed a day after he disappeared, it was impossible for detectives to tell if he had really left the homestead.

  • But while the CCTV system offered no clues, Mr Cohen’s mobile phone indicated that his last location was in the neighbourhood of the Westlands district of the city.

Tob Cohen, the Dutch tycoon who went missing for two months before his body was discovered inside a septic tank in his compound on Friday afternoon, had expressed fears for his life to the Director of Public Prosecutions eight days before he disappeared. It was the second time he was expressing such fears.


His last letter to the DPP on July 12, which was also copied to the Inspector-General of Police, reveals in startling detail how broken his marriage to his estranged wife Sarah Wairimu Cohen had become, and how his love life had become his greatest source of fear.

The letters also shine a light on the last days of the former Philips Kenya CEO and reveal the tell-tale signs that something tragic was about to happen to him. He complained that police bosses from Westlands Sub-county were colluding with his wife in a plot to prosecute him for assault, which would lead to his deportation and loss of property.

“Unless your offices act speedily and accordingly, our client will continue to suffer humiliation, discrimination and persecution because he is not a Kenyan national, which is wrong, distasteful and unfortunate,” said Mr Cohen through Musyoki Mogaka & Co advocates on July 12.

“My client is astonished at the manner in which the law is being applied to his disadvantage since no step has been taken by police officers at Parklands Police Station to prosecute Ms Wairimu despite enough evidence demonstrating her guilt.”

This perhaps explains why Mr Kinoti decided to have the case investigated by the homicide department at the DCI headquarters instead of the detectives based in Gigiri, who cover the Westlands region. The claims could also explain why officers from the Gigiri unit arrived at Mr Cohen’s home on Friday long after Mr Kinoti and his team had retrieved the tycoon’s body.


Police sources told the Sunday Nation that a number of senior officers from Parklands and Gigiri are under investigations over Mr Cohen’s complaints.

Former Gatundu North MP Patrick Muiruri has said he spoke to Mr Cohen, who was his friend, the night before he disappeared, and that Mr Cohen had expressed fears about his life.

“I spoke to him for 15 minutes and he was concerned about his life. He said that should he be found dead, a close relation should be held responsible,” said Mr Muiruri.

From Mr Kinoti’s address to the press on Friday night, it appears Mr Cohen never made it to the morning of July 20, when he is said to have gone missing.

“The people who killed him had a lot of time that night,” said Mr Kinoti.

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