Murgor: I was insulted using the ‘F…’ word at Cohen’s burial

By Susan Kogi On Wed, 25 Sep, 2019 17:36 | 2 mins read
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Sarah Wairimu's lawyer Philip Murgor. PHOTO | FILE
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    Sarah Wairimu’s lawyer, Philip Murgor, has accused the Late Tob Cohen’s friend, Patrick Kariuki Muiruri, of threatening him with unspecified action.

Sarah Wairimu’s lawyer, Philip Murgor, has accused the Late Tob Cohen’s friend, Patrick Kariuki Muiruri, of threatening him with unspecified action.

Murgor claims that Muiruri threatened to “deal with him” after he [Murgor] asked Muiruri’s daughter to step away from the Jewish Cemetery on Tuesday, given the subsequent session was to be attended by Cohen’s close family members and their legal reps.

In a letter dated September 25 to the OCS–Parklands Police Station, Murgor accused Muiruri of using expletives while threteaning him.

“I represent Sarah Wairimu Kamotho Cohen in HCCR No. 60 of 2019, pending before the High Court in Nairobi.

“Yesterday (September 24, 2019) at the funeral of the Late Tob Cohen, I was confronted by one Patrick Muiruri, a Kiambu politician who menacingly shouted at me not to pick on his daughter, but on him if I wanted a confrontation: (earlier, on instructions from my client, I had politely requested the daughter of Muiruri to leave the cemetery, as the funeral was agreed to be a private ceremony for family only).

“Thereafter, he insulted me in the following words ‘f**k you’ and shouted: ‘I will deal with you outside’. As he advanced towards me, he was restrained by Mr Chege Kirundi, and Mr Cliff Ombeta – advocates who luckily were on hand. The incident was witnessed by George Ouma, an advocate.

“Given the unexplained leading role, interest and positions taken publicly by Mr Muiruri in the case facing my client Mrs Sarah Cohen, I take this outburst as a threat in an attempt to intimidate me as an advocate for Mrs Cohen, I have therefore taken the decision to record my complaint with yourself, and ask that you immediately commence investigation regarding the intentions of and the threats by the said Mr Patrick Muiruri,” said Murgor in his formal complaint.

Muiruri, who has publicly claimed that he was Cohen’s longtime friend, accused Wairimu, in past media interviews, of mistreating the Dutch tycoon in the later stages of their marriage.

Wairimu, the key suspect in Cohen’s murder, will take plea on Thursday, September 26.

Cohen went missing on July 19, and his body found dumped in an underground water tank at his Kitisuru home 55 days later.

The findings of a postmortem examination report on Cohen are yet to be made public, given the High Court in Nairobi barred pathologists from publicly revealing details of the autopsy outcome.

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