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Body of Missing Kenyan-Based Billionaire Tob Cohen Found



Detectives have recovered the body of Kenyan-based Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen, who went missing nearly two months ago.

His body was found dumped inside a septic tank at his home in Kitisuru, Nairobi on Friday, according to Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti.

On Thursday, the prosecution pressed murder charges against Cohen’s Kenyan estranged wife Sarah Wairimu but the court directed that she undergo a mental health test before taking plea.

Ms. Wairimu is alleged to have killed the billionaire businessman on the night of 19th and 20th, July 2019 within Nairobi County jointly with others not before the court, according to the charge sheet.

Ms. Wairimu, who is the prime suspect, was arrested on August 28th and interrogated at the DCI headquarters. 

She was arraigned in court and detained for 12 days to allow the conclusion of investigations into Cohen’s disappearance.

Cohen, a tour and travel tycoon who has lived in Kenya since 1987, is reported to have gone missing between July 19th and July 20th this year.
Before his disappearance, Cohen and Ms. Wairimu were embroiled in a bitter divorce case involving a multi-million-shilling property.

On July 12th, 2019, the Dutch tycoon filed an assault case against his estranged wife, where he cited continuous harassment and denial of his conjugal rights.

“On February 5, 2019, Sarah Wairimu Kamotho stormed in our client’s home office and threw a glass of water aimed at the face of our client and threatened him,” read court papers filed by Musyoki Mogaka & Co. Advocates on behalf of Mr. Cohen.

“Around midnight, as he was standing on top of the stairs leading to the garden, Sarah suddenly pushed him downstairs, causing our client to fall and seriously injure his forehead,” court papers read.

Wairimu has no children from her marriage to the late Cohen.

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