Why Continuous Postponing of Cohen’s Post-mortem is Big Mistake

Tob Cohen and his estranged wife Sarah Wairimu. File.

The late Kenyan-based Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen was supposed to be buried within 36 hours after he was discovered dead.

According to his Jewish religion, it is forbidden to have the dead unburied after the said hours.

“If the passing occurred in the morning, one should try to ensure that the deceased is prepared for burial and buried before dusk of the same day.

If this is not possible, the burial should take place on the following day, ” reads basic laws of a Jewish funeral.

The religion believes that the soul of the deceased is in turmoil until the body is properly buried in the ground.

According to an earlier announcement, Cohen’s body was supposed to be autopsied on Saturday but it later changed to Sunday then Monday.

However, the Post-mortem could not be carried on Monday after Sarah Wairumu, the late’s wife-turned-suspect, asked the court to have the operation done on Tuesday to allow for their private pathologist to be part of it.

Sarah Wairimu with her lawyer Philip Murgor in Court. File.

Surprisingly, the exercise also failed on Tuesday after Sarah lawyer demanded a change of the pathologist.

Pathologist Peter Ndegwa told journalists that the post-mortem will be conducted by renowned government pathologist on Wednesday.

“The postmortem will not happen today due to technicalities. I was in the scene of the crime. The defence team feel that I should not represent the government.

So Johansen Oduor who was on leave has agreed to temporarily resume work for the exercise tomorrow,” he said.

Cohen’s relative protested the move saying it was a disservice to the deceased who was supposed to be buried in accordance with his religion.

Cohen’s body was found at underground water storage tank on Friday at his Kitisuru house, Nairobi, after he went missing for 55 days.

His estranged wife, Sarah, was arrested in connection to the incident and is facing murder charges.

Peter Karanja, an estranged husband to  Gilgil MP Martha Wangari, was also arrested with other suspects reportedly on the run.



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