Sarah Wairimu, the widow of Tob Cohen and the chief suspect in his murder, has requested the court to allow her run the deceased’s Tobs Kenya Golf Safaris, saying the company will collapse if she is not granted permission to operate it.
On Wednesday, December 11, Wairimu told High Court judge Stella Mutuku that she co-owned the property alongside her husband.
Also in her request to the court, Wairimu sought to have police ordered to release her dogs to her. The suspect claims authorities seized the dogs without any reasonable justification.
The 53-year-old further asked the court to order police officers to vacate her Kitisuru home, accusing the law enforcement officers of “taking over” her property.
Wairimu claims police presence at her home “is giving undue advantage to Cohen’s siblings” in the battle for control of the deceased’s property.
The prosecution, through deputy director of public prosecutions, Alexander Muteti, opposed Wairimu’s application to have police ejected from the Kitisuru property, saying the home is a primary crime scene, and that Wairimu shouldn’t be allowed to access it as that would “compromise the case”.
Muteti also opposed Wairimu’s application to have her vehicle given back to her.
Wairimu’s lawyer, Philip Murgor, asked the DPP to withdraw murder charge against his client, saying despite 100 days passing since Wairimu was arrested and charged, the defense is yet to be supplied with witness statements and documentary evidence against Wairimu.
Murgor accused the prosecution of coaching witnesses, allegations that the prosecution denied.
The prosecutor, Muteti, said in one month’s time, they will “supply the defense with hand-written statements”. The judge instructed the prosecution to ensure they have provided the defense with the witness statements.
Justice Mutuku asked the prosecution and the defense to appear before her on February 3, 2020, when the court will ascertain whether the prosecution supplied Wairimu’s legal team with witness statements and documentary evidence as ordered.