Cohen's Murder Suspect Arrested for Robbery With Violence

  • Tob Cohen's widow Sarah Cohen and Peter Karanja a second suspect in the murder case. File
  • A key suspect in the murder of Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen was on Tuesday, November 12 rearrested.

    Reports by Daily Nation indicated that Peter Karanja, who had been charged with the murder alongside the tycoon's widow Sarah Wairimu, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

    A Naivasha court had issued the warrant of arrest, on claims of robbery with violence, and was, therefore, arrested at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.

    Peter Karanja in a court session.
    Peter Karanja in a court session. He was on Tuesday, November 12 arrested over robbery with violence.

    According to The Standard, Karanja was arrested after he failed to appear before Naivasha Senior Resident Magistrate Esther Mburu to answer to two charges of robbery with violence.

    Karanja and another suspect Peter Maina were facing the charges after raiding the home of the Mp in Gilgil and allegedly beating and robbing two security guards.

    According to a charge sheet, seen by Standard, the suspects raided the home at Teacher’s estate in Gilgil, armed with crude weapons where they robbed Eric Nyongesa and John Kamau of their mobile phones and cash.
    The two guards disclosed that the accused used violence before fleeing with the said personal effects.

    Karanja's arrest comes hours after the High Court sought to consolidate murder charges against Sarah Karanja who had been charged on July 19 and 20, with the murder of the tycoon.

    According to Daily Nation, the senior assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Catherine Mwaniki had argued that the victim was the same and the particulars including dates of the offense, place and time were also similar.

    Sarah, through her lawyer Philip Murgor, however, objected to the application arguing that they were yet to be supplied with witness statements and exhibits to be used in the trial.

    Murdered Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen who was found dead on September 13
    Murdered Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen who was found dead on September 13