4 Conditions Cohen's Wife & Sister Set Ahead of Burial

  • Tob Cohen's wife Sarah Wairimu and his sister Gabrielle Van Straten. The two have agreed with certain terms before the deceased's burial. File
  • Slain Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen's wife, Sarah Wairimu and his sister Gabrielle Van Straten on Thursday, September 19 agreed on four conditions ahead of the tycoon's burial.

    Reports by Capital FM News stated that the tycoon's burial was pegged on the fulfillment of the four conditions.

    According to Wairimu, through her lawyer Phillip Murgor, the first condition was that the ceremony be made private, only open to members of the family. This means that friends will be barred from attending.

    Tob Cohen's widow Sarah Wairimu arriving at Chiromo mortuary with her lawyer Philip Murgor on Wednesday, September 18. Sarah has agreed on four conditions with Cohen's sister Gabrielle Van Straten before burial.
    Tob Cohen's widow Sarah Wairimu arriving at Chiromo Mortuary with her lawyer Philip Murgor on Wednesday, September 18. Sarah and Cohen's sister Gabrielle Van Straten have agreed on four conditions before burying the tycoon. 

    They also agreed that the burial would take place at the Jewish Cemetery on Wangari Maathai Road in Nairobi.

    Cohen was Jewish and had to be buried in accordance with the traditions.

    The two women were also able to agree on the time of the burial and set it for 2pm on Monday, September 23.

    In addition, Wairimu, who is being held in remand prison pending September 26 when she will plead to a murder charge, will be allowed to attend the ceremony.

    Tob Cohen's lawyer Cliff Ombeta affirmed that Gabrielle had agreed to Wairimu’s participation in the funeral.

    “The burial ceremony will be private and for family members only. Sarah and Gabrielle will participate as widow and sister respectively,” read Murgor in a joint statement with Ombeta.

    “It will not benefit either of the parties if we start having a tug-of-war of who owns Cohen’s body. Cohen deserves to have a dignified burial,” stated the tycoon's lawyer. 

    A meeting was held in a city hotel on Thursday, by the two lawyers who sought to iron out pertinent issues that had emerged on the previous day and addressed the media afterward on the same.

    On Wednesday, Wairimu was allowed to attend her husband's postmortem at the Chiromo Mortuary, that uncovered horrifying signs of torture.

    According to top Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad (AD), images of a scan carried out on Cohen's body pointed to a brutal struggle in his very final moments.

    Cohen's head was cracked open, his left leg dislocated and both his hands broken, the publication reported.

    In a new twist, foreign DNA materials collected from under Cohen's fingernails could be the key to unmasking his killers once the final analysis of the same is completed.

    His mangled up body was discovered on Friday, September 13, in an underground tank at his Kitisuru mansion, two months after his disappearance.

    Lawyers Cliff Ombeta (Right) and Philip Murgor consult each other at Chiromo mortuary on Wednesday, September 18.
    Pictured are Lawyers Cliff Ombeta (Right) and Philip Murgor consulting each other at Chiromo Mortuary on Wednesday, September 18.