Sarah Cohen to erect tombstone on late husband’s grave, says she expects no interference from his family

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Sarah Wairimu Kamotho before a Nairobi court

Sarah wairimu Cohen intends to erect tombstone on the grave of her late husband Tob Cohen at the Jewish cemetery in Nairobi.

In a letter addressed to lawyer Cliff Ombetta who is on record for the deceased’s siblings in his murder trial, Wairimu state she does not expect any interference from them.

“While it is our clients sole responsibility to erect an appropriate tombstone on the grave of her late husband, which process has commenced, and does not expect any interference from your client, however if they are in the country they will be free to attend any ceremony regarding the same, for which our client will give appropriate notice”, says Wairimu’s lawyer Philip Murgor.

The deceased was buried on 23rd September 2019 under Jewish traditions after his body was found in a septic tank at his home in Farasi lane, Kabete.

Wairimu, the primary suspect in the murder of Cohen and her co-accused Peter Karanja are facing murder charges in a Nairobi court.

At the same, Murgor wants the murder case against his client mentioned as soon as possible over failure by the DCI and the ODPP to obey a court order which allowed his client access to the house to collect her cloths, shoes , handbags and grooming tools.

The order was given on 16th January 2020 by judge Daniel Ogembo in the presence of all the parties.

“The ODPP and DCI have not facilitated the applicant’s visit seven days later, despite repeated request by the defence team, proving once the recalcitrant and deliberate disobedience of the orders of the high court,” says Murgor.

He further says that the defense is on record stating certain elements within the DCI and ODPP have developed a peculiar and extraordinary interests on the property and matrimonial home of his clients.

Murgor accuses Senior Assistant DPP Catherine Mwaniki of continuing to make submissions in the high court about interests of third parties in the property of the deceased and suggests that perhaps it is time for her to declare any conflict of interest in the case, property or relationship with third parties and therefore recuse herself.