The triangulation of a mobile phone that showed the location of a worker who had been fired from Mr Tob Cohen’s house days before the billionaire disappeared cracked open investigations that had almost gone cold, leading to the arrest of the golf tycoon’s wife.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) was Thursday allowed to hold Mr Cohen’s wife, Ms Sarah Wairimu, until Monday, when a ruling will be made regarding how many days they can continue holding her as they continue investigating the billionaire’s disappearance.
A ruling will also be made on whether the couple’s house in Kitisuru will be considered a crime scene.
Detectives now believe that Mr Cohen, who disappeared on July 19, was murdered, and that his wife had something to do with it. The puzzle detectives are trying to solve now is where Mr Cohen’s body is, and who else was involved.
“She is the prime suspect,” said DCI boss George Kinoti of Ms Wairimu.
At the heart of investigations are two letters alleged to have been written by Mr Cohen, one to the police withdrawing assault charges he had filed against Ms Wairimu, and another to his lawyer from Judy Thongori & Co Advocates, withdrawing a divorce case.
Sources say the letters have already been taken to forensic experts for authentication.
Mr Cohen also disappeared days after his wife wrote a letter to the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi saying that her husband required medical attention.
Days later, she told friends and the media that Mr Cohen had left the country for Thailand to seek treatment. But she has never revealed whether Mr Cohen was accompanied by anyone on the supposed trip.
LOTS OF LEADS
Police are also investigating an entry into the Occurrence Book (OB) at Kilimani Police Station, which shows that Cohen was also reported missing at the same time. It is alleged that Ms Wairimu filed the report.
Police are also interrogating Mr Cohen’s workers, who had initially told investigators that Mr Cohen, who had a briefcase and was wearing blue jeans, was picked up by a white car on the afternoon of July 20, never to be seen again.
But sources close to the investigations say it has been deduced from phone records that the two were not in the vicinity at the time they purported to have seen Mr Cohen leaving.
“One of them does not even work during weekends,” said our source, “while the other had been away for a while.”
It is these chains of lies that prompted the police to interrogate the two some more.
“They have given detectives a lot of leads,” said a close source.
Detectives now want to find out whether the workers were coached to lie – which is an offence – or whether they spun the tale about Mr Cohen’s departure in a white car.
Upon realising that their lies had been discovered, the workers told the police that Ms Wairimu had instructed them what to tell the detectives.
Thereafter, the detectives felt they should also call her back for further questioning on Wednesday morning.
But they changed their mind and decided to go for her at her Kitisuru home in the afternoon.
Curiously, police discovered that the CCTV cameras in the couple’s compound had been replaced just a day after the billionaire went missing, which made it difficult to know whether he had left alone or whether somebody came for him.
Why Ms Wairimu decided to replace the CCTV system in the compound is the big question.
It has also emerged that Mr Cohen had, five days before his disappearance, written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Noordin Haji, asking him to investigate senior officers at the Gigiri Police Division, whom he accused of covering up his wife’s hostilities towards him.
It has further emerged that Mr Cohen had discovered that his wife was secretly developing some property in Nyeri and was not happy about it.
Source: Daily Nation