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Wanjiru's mother claims son was murdered in bedroom

By | Published Tue, May 17th 2011 at 00:00, Updated Tue, May 17th 2011 at 00:00 GMT +3


The mysterious death of Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru took a new twist on Tuesday with the mother reading foul play in the issue.

Mrs Ann Wanjiru alleged that her son was killed in his bedroom and his body dumped on the ground to conceal evidence.

She claimed that the death was as a result of his family problems and people who want a share in the son's property.

She denied claims that Wanjiru was found with another woman in his home.

Ann said police should conduct further investigation by thoroughly questioning the wife Triza Njeri.

The claims contradicted earlier reports that the athletics champion fell accidentally from the balcony of his Muthaiga residence in Nyahururu while pursuing his wife after an argument.

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It had been alleged that Wanjiru had been caught with another woman in his bedroom by the wife at around 12.30 am on Sunday night.

But the mother rubbished the claims saying this was just a gimmick to hide the truth.

"I wonder why the police and the wife are giving false statements concerning my son’s death. I believe my son did not commit suicide nor did he fall accidentally but he was killed," she claimed.

The mother who had called a press conference at her house said there were some blood spots in Wanjiru's bedroom indicating that he was killed there and his body dumped on the floor.

"Why did they wash the blood stains in his bedroom if the killing was not done there? Where was the blood from?" she posed.

She added that a blunt object might have been used to hit him at the back of his head where he had injuries.

Ann wondered how the night guard did not see her son entering the compound in the company of a lady Jane Nduta as it was reported.

She further claimed that it was Njeri who had called for an urgent meeting with Wanjiru who was by then training in Eldoret.

That, she said, prompted her son to travel late in the night to meet the wife who was in the house.

"My son called me on Sunday during the day and informed me that he was due to travel and meet Njeri at the house. How come then that he met his death at a time when the wife called for such a meeting," she said.

On which of the three women was recognised by the family, Ann said it was Mary Wacera who had legally been married by the athlete as he had even paid her dowry.

Introducing her to the press, she said that it was Wacera who had been taking care of her and she was the one every family member knew of.

"As a family, we know of Wacera who has been taking care of me. Njeri was just a girl friend," she noted.

Speaking at the same press conference, Wacera who has a nine month old baby said they had lived with the athlete since 2009.

Wacera who is a  police officer said they lived together with Wanjiru as husband and wife and he had even paid her dowry.

She now wants Wanjiru's property be allocated to her so that she can bring up the young Ann Wanjiru.

The move came barely after Njeri had dismissed claims that Wanjiru was married to the other two women.

Speaking to The Standard Tuesday morning, Njeri said she did not know of any other women and demanded that all Wanjiru's wealth be left to her.

Efforts by The Standard to reach Nyandarua OCPD Jasper Ombati for further clarification on the fresh claims were futile, as he did not pick up his phone.

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