Preserve Cohen’s body for me to bury, Wairimu tells mortuary as autopsy is done

Widow of murdered Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen, Susan Wairimu with her lawyer Philip Murgor at the Chiromo mortuary during the postmortem for the late Cohen. [Collins Kweyu/Standard]
The widow of slain Dutch national Tob Cohen has told mortuary attendants to preserve her husband's body for her to bury.

Sarah Wairimu wrote to the management of the Chiromo Mortuary and asked them not to release Cohen’s remains to anyone else for burial after it emerged his sister Gabriele Cohen had indicated she wanted the body for interment.

She undertook to pay for preservation charges of the body. “We have been instructed to object to the release of the remains of Tob Cohen to Gabriele Cohen for whatever purpose,” Ms Wairimu’s lawyer Philip Murgor said.

Wairimu said Cohen’s sister had no legal authority or mandate to take the body. “We expect that the Kenyan authorities enforce her (Wairimu) legal rights. It is not our client who must get a court order to bury her husband. To the contrary, it is the sister who does not live in Kenya who must get a court order,” said Murgor.

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The letter was copied to Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

The matter of the body and when it should be buried and by who, emerged during a meeting at the mortuary attended by various parties, including Wairimu.

Cohen’s sister had indicated she wanted to bury his body but Wairimu, who was present, objected and said despite the murder charges she was facing, she was still the widow and entitled to burying him.

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Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor conducted postmortem on the body yesterday.

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