In Summary
  • The defence requested the court to ensure the family gets a pre-postmortem conference involving the legitimate stakeholders only, among others.
  • Justice Lesiit also directed that the suspect be subjected to a mental fitness test before pleading to the murder charges.

Ms Sarah Wairimu Cohen has made a raft of requests ahead of a post-mortem slated to be conducted today (Tuesday) on murdered tycoon Tob Cohen’s body in the presence of his kin, defence and state lawyers.

Among the items Ms Wairimu has asked for include facilities for post-mortem x-ray, a visit to the site where the body was found, a bone-cutting saw and enough containers for the material to be analysed.

Justice Jessi Lesiit ordered that the body be examined on Tuesday after a letter was presented in court indicating that an independent pathologist, Prof Andrew Kanyi Gachii, who was recommended by the deceased’s family, was unavailable on Monday when postmortem was initially set to be conducted.

The letter was written by lawyer Phillip Murgor who is representing Ms Sarah Wairimu, the deceased’s wife and a suspect in his murder, after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) informed them on Saturday of the scheduled date and time.

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However, the defence requested the court to ensure the family gets a pre-postmortem conference involving the legitimate stakeholders only, a visit to the alleged scene of crime and a visit to the location where the body was allegedly recovered.

The defence also asked court that arrangements be made with regards to facilities for postmortem X-rays, adequate facilities, particularly a bone-cutting saw, and adequate containers for the collection of samples for toxicological analysis.

Prosecution lawyer Nicholas Mutuku and the lawyer representing Cohen’s family, Mr Cliff Ombeta, did not object to the requests.

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