Widow in Tycoon Murder Case Accuses DCI of Sexual Harrasment

  • Tob Cohen and Sarah Cohen during their happy days. Sara is currently in police custody and is set to face murder charges after psychiatric evaluation. File
  • Damning allegations of sexual assault have been raised in the ongoing case involving Sara Wairimu, the estranged wife of missing Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen.

    This was during a hearing held on Thursday, September 12, where the judge ordered that she be detained at Lang'ata Women's Prison, before the case is mentioned on Monday.

    The Daily Nation reported that the suspect, through lawyer Philip Murgor, stated that the investigator was sexually harassing her in custody, charges that state lawyer Catherine Mwaniki strongly objected.

    Sara Wairimu at the High Court in Nairobi. The presiding judge recommended that she undergoes a mental evaluation before standing trial.
    Sara Wairimu at the High Court in Nairobi. The presiding judge recommended that she undergoes a mental evaluation before standing trial.

    The judge ordered a mental health evaluation to be conducted on Wairimu, to determine whether she is competent to stand trial in the case.

    Wairimu was arrested on suspicion that she was involved in his disappearance and the plot to have him killed. 

    This was after preliminary investigations by police alleged that she had coached witnesses to give false information pertaining to the movements of Cohen on the day of his disappearance.

    It was reported that the employees at the Dutchman’s home allegedly told the police that on the afternoon of July 20, he was picked up and driven off in a white car while carrying only a briefcase.

    The police had expressed fears that if she was released from custody, she would interfere with evidence or even intimidate witnesses from testifying.

    At the time when the Dutchman disappeared, they were embroiled in an acrimonious divorce with Sara, where Cohen accused Sara of using crude means to acquire his property.

    In a letter dated April 23, he complained to IG Hillary Mutyambai and DPP Noordin Haji about efforts by some police officers and his estranged wife to abuse the criminal justice system.

    Tob Cohen during a recent event. The dutch tycoon's disappearance is being looked at as murder.
    Tob Cohen during a past event. The Dutch tycoon's disappearance is being investigated as murder, with the case slated to start after Wairimu's mental evaluation. 

    His sister, Gabriele Cohen, revealed that she was in constant communication with her brother until July 19, when the victim’s phone went off.

    Due to his unusual silence, the relatives made a formal complaint to Dutch police at Amsterdam who reported his sudden disappearance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Wairimu was arrested and detained at Muthaiga Police Station, after she was picked from her Kitisuru home on August 29, and has been in custody ever since.