The High Court has directed that Sarah Wairimu Kamotho, the prime suspect in the murder of her husband Tob Cohen, be detained for ten more days.
Justice Jessie Lesiit on Monday said the accused will remain in police custody at the Lang’ata Women Prison until September 26, 2019, when she is expected to take a plea in the case.
The court postponed the plea taking after it emerged that Ms Kamotho was yet to undergo a mental assessment. Judge Lesiit directed that the mental assessment be done within seven days, and that a post-mortem exam on Mr Cohen’s body be done on Tuesday. This will be conducted in the presence of Sarah’s doctors as well as those of the victim.
At the same time, the court also barred the media from publishing details of the investigations into Mr Cohen’s murder.
Similarly, lawyers representing Sarah, Cohen’s family as well as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and his investigating team were also gagged from prosecuting the matter in the media.
The orders were issued after defense lawyer Mr Philip Murgor complained that the DCI has been conducting investigations in the media.
“We are learning so many things from the media, released to them by the DCI. The media [have] even reported that Cohen passed on his Sh400 million villa to his sister Gabriele,” Mr Murgor said.
He argued that Ms Wairimu owns 50 percent of the estate.
“I urge the court to release her on bond to fight for her rights through the civil court,” the lawyer said, noting that his client has been in custody for close to 20 days.
State Prosecutor Nicholas Mutuku said they will disclose all the evidence they have against Sarah once she answers to the charge of murder.
“We are holding nothing back and we are very alive to the obligations and duties,” said State Counsel Nicholas Mutuku.