Court has ruled that the inquest of the late Keroche Breweries heiress will be heard in Nairobi and not Lamu.
It was ruled that Tecra Muigai died in Nairobi where she was flown for further treatment and therefore dismissed the Director of Public Prosecution’s transfer of the matter to LAmu Law courts.
The family, though Tecra’s mother Tabitha Karanja had submitted that the decision to withdraw the inquest from Nairobi came as an extreme shock to the family and the move by DPP was whimsical and arbitrary.
Karanja said the conduct of the DPP has left the family with many unanswered questions on what extrinsic interest that the DPP may have in the matter.
“The family of the deceased now strongly believes based on the foregoing conduct of the DPP that he is responding to instructions and or pressure from elsewhere to avoid bringing to account whoever may have been responsible for the death of Patricia Tecra Muigai,” said the Keroche CEO.
She told the court that the main suspect, Tecra’s boyfriend Lari Omar is an influential person among boat owners and operators and beach boys around Lamu Island and therefore the family feels their security is under threat if the matter was transferred to Lamu.
“The boat transport is the singular most reliable form of transport for accessing Lamu Island hence there is real and well-founded fear in the family that we may not travel to and from the Island to attend and participate in the inquest proceedings, without significant threat to our lives and safety,” said the mother.