Autopsy reveals what killed environmentalist Joanna Stutchburry

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 21:04 | 2 mins read
Environmentalist Joanna Stutchburry. PHOTO/COURTESY

Chief Government pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor on Monday said that the late Joanna Stutchburry postmortem examination shows that she died from excessive bleeding and head injuries.

The environmentalist was shot six times at a close range and suffered bullet wounds on her arms and burning caused by gun powder on her skin otherwise known as tattooing.

"She was shot six times. Three times on the head and three times on the upper limbs. She died because of a head injury and bleeding."

Oduor continues to say,

"She also had bullet wounds on the arms perhaps gotten when trying to block the bullets. She suffered tattooing caused by the burning of the skin by gun powder which shows the shooting was at a close range."

Joanna- known for her fight aimed at protecting the Kiambu forest is said to have been shot dead inside her car on Thursday afternoon.

The incident attracted the attention of President Uhuru Kenyatta who on Friday morning asked that officers drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation track down the killers.

According to her close ally Jacky Arkle, Stutchburry was shot and left to die while she was inside her car.

“Nothing was stolen from her, she was fighting to save Kiambu forest. The body was first found by neighbours who went to get some items from her. They heard her car engine running and as they moved closer they found her lifeless body,” she said.

K24 Digital has established that she had successfully moved to court and gotten several stop orders that barred any developments around the forest.

Amnesty International on Thursday night condemned the killings and asked DCI boss Gorge Kinoti to unravel what really transpired and who killed her.

“Amnesty Kenya condemns the violent killing of environmental defender Joanna Stutchburry. We call on DCI Kenya and Environment Kenya to thoroughly investigate her murder,” said Houghton Irungu, Amnesty International boss.