In Summary
  • The magistrate said that preliminary investigations had established that Ms Wairimu coached some witnesses to give false testimony.
  • She added that the suspect was reported to have pushed Mr Cohen off a flight of stairs on July 8 causing him to fall, sustaining injuries.

Kiambu chief magistrate Priscilla Gichohi on Monday ordered police to detain the estranged wife of missing Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen for 12 days as investigations continue.

Ms Gichohi said the matter is complex and requires more time, adding that investigating officers had provided enough reasons to have the suspect detained.

She said the detention of Ms Sarah Wairimu would prevent her from interfering with evidence provided in court and witnesses lined up to testify against her.

“There is no doubt that the matter under investigation is complex and requires thorough investigation. Mr Cohen may be a foreigner but he is protected by the laws of this country. The suspect be detained at Muthaiga Police Station for a further 12 working days from the date of this ruling.

"The police are at liberty to secure the matrimonial home as a scene of crime to which the suspect may access if need be but under the escort of the investigators,” she ruled.

FALSE TESTIMONY

“The lawyer is at liberty to accompany her to the said matrimonial home and the suspect be brought to court for further orders on or before September 16.” ruled the court.

Mr Cohen is a former CEO of Philips Electronics East Africa and was reported missing on July 19.

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