Dutch businessman Tob Cohen’s body was not supposed to be found — not until top forensic experts started to piece together the story and wade through the web of lies, concocted stories, half-truths, and pretence.
A local Kenyan daily today exclusively revealed how detectives managed to unwrap the riddle of the missing tycoon leading to the discovery of his body on Friday afternoon — some 55 days after he was alleged to have flown to Bangkok, Thailand, to seek medical attention.
His killers thought they had covered their tracks well, and that they had a perfect alibi, but they were wrong.
According to the daily, evidence now with the police indicates that on the morning of July 19 — the day the water tank in which Cohen’s body was dumped into was emptied, Ms Sarah Wairimu placed a call to Peter Njoroge Karanja — the estranged husband of Gilgil MP Martha Wangari.
Both Mr Karanja and Ms Wairimu were going through divorce proceedings over domestic violence at the High Court in Nairobi. They were also alleged to be lovers.
Mr Karanja, who was then in Gilgil town, told police that he drove his Subaru, registration number KCF 356T, for the two-hour drive after he was summoned by Ms Wairimu.
For what? “Business,” he told detectives.
By using the phone tracking technology, the two forensic experts assigned to the case found that Mr Karanja then called and picked another man in Naivasha and the two drove to Nairobi together.
At around 10 a.m, after a series of phone calls to Ms Wairimu and which were easily tracked, the three converged at a well-known restaurant in Westlands for a breakfast meeting.
They were captured on CCTV and the bill was paid by Ms Wairimu who left in a hurry.
Later on, the two men had a meeting with a lady who has now been identified as former cabinet minister JJ Kamotho’s daughter Nyokabi Kamotho and they ate lunch together at another popular restaurant where she handled the bill.
Police have since issued an arrest warrant against the late politician’s daughter with the view of having her over for questioning.
At about 2.30 p.m, shortly after meeting Nyokabi, Mr Karanja called Ms Wairimu, and he was captured by road cameras driving towards Naivasha through Waiyaki Way.
Detectives are also hunting down for a woman from a prominent Kiambu family over the millionaire’s murder.
The well-known Nairobi socialite is Ms Wairimu’s best friend and kept watch on Cohen’s movements at the Muthaiga Golf Club on the night he was murdered.
“This woman kept in touch with Ms Wairimu that night and had called her several times from Muthaiga,” says a detective familiar with the case.