, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – Police have questioned renowned model Diana Nekoye Sifuna over the death of her boyfriend Charlie Grieves-Cook who died after falling off the third floor apartment of her house.
Nekoye, a former MNET Face of Africa contestant recorded a statement with CID officers who went with her to the house on Lang’ata Road where she recounted to them what happened on Saturday night when Grieves-Cook died.
Lang’ata divisional Police chief David Bunei confirmed Nekoye was questioned on Sunday and was cooperating with officers investigating Grieves-Cook’s death.
Grieves-Cook was a commercial advertising photographer at EyeQueue Productions based in Nairobi.
“Our officers have spoken to her and she is assisting us with the investigation. She is very crucial in the whole investigation because she has a first hand account of what happened at the scene,” Bunei told Capital News on telephone.
The incident occurred when two assailants stormed the model’s apartment on Saturday night.
In her statement to the police, Nekoye said she rushed to the balcony when the thugs left after failing to locate Grieves-Cook who had fled to the balcony, and found him holding onto a metal bar with his legs dangling in the air and wasn’t able to pull him up.
She said she rushed back into the house to try and get something that could help her pull him up. However, upon returning to the balcony, she saw her boyfriend lying on the concrete three floors down.
Bunei said they would also interview the night guard who was shot by the gangsters when he tried to confront them with a machete. No suspect had been arrested by Monday.
“The night guard sustained injuries on the arm and is in hospital. Once he is discharged we are also going to speak to him because it is part of the investigation,” he said.
Grieves-Cook, a renowned commercial photographer and a tour company director died on Saturday night when he fell off the third floor balcony of Nekoye’s house, according to the police and witnesses at the apartments.
A day guard at Desert Rose Apartments where Nekoye stays told Capital News the model was last seen there late on Sunday when she went there with police officers who had re-visited the scene.
“Nekoye was here yesterday (Sunday). She had not been here since Saturday when the incident happened. They came with the police who went up to her house on 3rd floor. The police had come to re-visit the scene and they were even shown where Grieves-Cook landed and died when he fell down,” the guard said.
There were visible blood stains on the spot on the concrete floor where Grieves-Cook landed.
“You can see we just washed the blood yesterday…but you can see these stains, this is where he was found and rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead,” the guard said. Grieves-Cook’s body was taken to the Lee Funeral Home.
Capital News unsuccessfully tried to contact Nekoye for the better part of Monday.
A lady who identified herself as Sheila picked up Nekoye’s phone and told this reporter the model was not willing to discuss the matter with the press “at the moment because she is still devastated.”
“This is Sheila, Diana’s friend. She has told me to inform you she is still devastated and she does not want to talk to anyone, especially the press,” the lady said before she hang up.
According to the day guard at the apartment, Nekoye and her boyfriend Grieves-Cook were in the house at about 8pm when two young men dressed in track suits walked in casually.
“There was a party on the second floor… so the main gate was open and these two young men dressed in tracksuits just walked in. The guard on duty thought they were going to the party but later on he heard a gunshot upstairs and he rushed to see what it was. It is when he was confronted and shot in the arm,” the guard told Capital News.
Police believe the assailants were after Grieves-Cook.
“There is every reason to believe they were after Grieves-Cook because they searched around the house and were asking where he is and when they failed to locate him, they shot on the wall and fled,” a police officer privy to the investigation said.