Cohen's Wife Excluded in Ksh400M Will

  • Deceased businessman Tob Cohen and his wife Sarah Wairimu. The Dutchman was found murdered and buried in a manhole in his Kitusuru home. File
  • Murdered Dutch businessman Tob Cohen surprisingly left out his wife Sarah Wairimu in his multi-million shilling will.

    Reports by The Star indicated that the deceased Dutchman had designated his brother and sister as the managers of his multimillion-shilling estate in Nairobi upon his death.

    The former Philips Kenya CEO had specified that his two siblings take charge of the villa estimated at Ksh400 million in Kitisuru, a residential suburb in Nairobi.

    The late Tob Cohen's brother-in-Law Roy and Sister Gabrielle Van Straten on September 13 when police retrieved his body inside an underground tank.
    The late Tob Cohen's brother-in-Law Roy and Sister Gabrielle Van Straten on September 13 when police retrieved his body inside an underground tank.

    Cohen who had continually feared for his life was prompted to write his will before his death and snubbed his wife.

    According to a Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) quotes Cohen’s sister Gabrie van Straten who confirmed that they had planned to take possession of the residence of their murdered brother in the coming week.

    Part of the property claim includes Cohen’s two companies, a golf trips and tournaments organizer known as Kenya Golf Safaris and Lotus Care Travel that caters for medical trips. 

    According to Cohen's sister, Gabrie, the late golfer took a precautionary step at the height of his divorce case with his wife thus leaving her with a copy of his will, which she had been in possession of for a while. 

    She disclosed that her brother, in fear of his life, had passed down the copy to her.

    "Currently, part of the plot is to remove all possessions of Cohen’s wife Ms.Wairimu from their house, which is currently secured by the police as a crime scene," declared Gabrie.

    Cohen was reported to have gone missing on July 20, and fourty days after Cohen's disappearance, his body found buried in a manhole in his Kitusuru home, contrary to Wairimu's past claims that he had left the country to seek treatment. 

    On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the court ordered that his wife, Sarah undergo a mental evaluation to determine whether she is fit to stand a murder trial. 

    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.

    Wairimu has since been held at Lang'ata Women's prison awaiting trial.

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