Dutch Tycoon Death: Suspects Confess How Wife Planned Murder

  • DCI detectives probe a crime scene in Kenya.
    DCI detectives probe a crime scene in Kenya.
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  • The two main suspects in the murder of Dutch tycoon Herman Rowenhorst have revealed intricate details of how the tycoon's wife hatched a scheme to kill the husband. 

    The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) apprehended the two suspects over the murder of Rouwenhorst who was found lying on his matrimonial bed at the upscale Rocco apartments in Shanzu on Friday, June 4.

    In a chilling confession, the suspects revealed that Riziki Cherono promised them a hefty payday in order to carry out the task.

    "Cherono had earlier taken the suspect to their home on a recce mission to familiarize himself with the home. To complete the finer details of the murder plot, the suspect took photos of the bedroom where the deceased was later found dead.

    An image taken outside the DCI headquarters in Kiambu Road, Nairobi
    An image taken outside the DCI headquarters in Kiambu Road, Nairobi
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    "He was promised a handsome pay upon completion of the task, from money that the deceased kept in a safe in the couple’s bedroom," read part of the statement from the DCI.

    The suspects detailed that on the fateful night of the murder, Cherono opened the door to their apartment letting in the suspects to stage the cold-blooded murder. 

    After completion of the task, they broke into the safe and took off with over Ksh3 million. 

    Detectives privy to the investigations also uncovered that Cherono alongside the suspects staged her kidnapping as Cherono was found in the couple’s Toyota Probox around Serena hotel with her hands tied in the car seat. 

    According to the DCI, the suspect acquired a plot with proceeds from the murder, measuring 40x80ft at Kiembeni. He constructed a four-roomed house at an estimated cost of over Ksh1.5 million and household items worth over Ksh500,000. 

    Further, Detectives recovered one live round of 9mm callibre, one bullet head of 9mm callibre, blood-stained shoes, a pair of handcuffs, several mobile phones, and SIM cards.

    "Forensic analysis conducted in our forensic lab placed the suspects at the scene of the murder in Shanzu and at around Serena, where Cherono and the vehicle were found," read part of the statement from the DCI. 

    Cherono, in her initial statement, had given two contradicting accounts of events to the police- which led to the detectives poking holes at her theories. 

    At first, she alleged that she was kidnapped by the men and ordered to drive to Serena hotel with her hands tied to the steering wheel.

    However, weeks later she contradicted her statement by alleging that she was bundled into the car and the thugs drove her to Serena area where they abandoned her. 

    Cherono was later on arrested on Thursday, June 24. 

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    A police vehicle at a scene of a crime
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