Pathologists, police deny stealing man's missing body parts
SEE ALSO :Senior county official kills selfThe respondents are the funeral home, Macharia's second wife Esther Wambui Ndung’u and the pathologists, who witnessed the first autopsy at the mortuary. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kiambu is an interested party. Another autopsy on July 4 showed some organs in the neck, including the thyroid bone and thyroid cartilages, were missing. The autopsy, witnessed by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Odour and family pathologist Kiama Wangai, showed Macharia died from lack of oxygen due to pressure around the neck. The first autopsy also indicated suspected chemical poisoning. However, it was silent on whether the body parts were there or not. Macharia was found hanging from the staircase of his Gitamaiyu home near Kiambu town, with a loose rope around his neck and foam coming out of his mouth.
SEE ALSO :Three arrested over Sh54m fraudHis family wants orders to compel the funeral home and the pathologists to produce the missing body parts. They also want the court to direct the DCIO to investigate the circumstances under which the parts were taken away. After the missing parts are found, the family wants the court to order a third autopsy whose costs will be met by the culprit. “It is apparent that the second postmortem was not conclusive; the actual cause of death has not yet been established,” read part of the application. But the pathologists maintained they did not know where the parts were. Dr Njeru, representing the National Police Service and the DCI during the autopsy, said the missing organs were not subject to further analysis and were left in the custody of the funeral home. But the funeral home is seeking to be expunged from the suit. Represented by lawyer Aaron Tanui, it said it did not provide pathology services but only charged for the use of its theatres.
SEE ALSO :Policeman commits suicide in Dagoretti“None of the pathologists who attended the autopsy were there at the behest of the funeral home,” he said. Dr Ndegwa said it is wrong to drag him into what he termed a family dispute while Dr Okinyi said all the body parts were left in the custody of the funeral home after the autopsy. The case will heard on August 17.