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Autopsy on Tob Cohen’s body due Wednesday after aborting Tuesday

Lawyer Philip Murgor, Cliff Ombeta and two others at Chiromo Mortuary on Tuesday. /MOSES MUOKI.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 18- The autopsy on the body of Dutch Tycoon Tob Cohen was set to be conducted on Wednesday morning after the exercise was postponed when his widow Sarah Wairimu, through lawyer Phillip Murgor, demanded for a different government pathologist.

The exercise will now be conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor at the Chiromo Mortuary, after the rejection of Dr Peter Ndegwa.

Wairimu’s defense counsel is opposed to Ndegwa conducting the autopsy because of remarks he made at the scene of crime on Friday, which Murgor said amounts to a pre-determined verdict.

Cohen’s body was on Tuesday taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital, for a pre-postmortem X-ray ahead of the examination aimed at establishing the exact cause of death.

Dr Ndegwa is accused of making remarks at Cohen’s Kitisuru home, where the body was retrieved from an underground septic tank.

“I was in the scene of crime on Friday as a pathologist invited by the DCI. They (defense) picked something I said to the DCI at the alleged scene and they happened not to be very happy about that. They have requested that I should not continue representing the Government,” he told journalists on Tuesday.

Detectives said the postmortem will be able to determine the probable cause of death, including the estimated day the death occurred.

A charge sheet read out to Wairimu when she appeared in court states that the murder occurred on the night of July 19.

The slain tycoon went missing more than 50 days, from the night of July 19 but his body was found in an underground water tank in his compound.

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The court has ordered a mental assessment on Wairimu before she can plead to a murder charge on September 26.

Justice Jessie Lesiit gave the prosecution and defence a week to agree on when the assessment should be conducted before the accused can formally plead on the murder charge.

Cohen, a celebrated golf tournament organizer, was reported missing two months ago, and his wife was arrested and detained until September 12, when the prosecution told the court that they had evidence to charge her with the murder.

He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Dutch conglomerate Philips East Africa who has lived in Kenya for many years.

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