MP’s Husband in Cohen Murder Case Set Free

Peter Karanja, a suspect in the Murder Case of Tob Cohen was released after being granted a Ksh 2 million Cash bail by the High court on Tuesday.

A pre-bail report was tabled before Justice Ogembo on October 25 by the suspect’s lawyer Mr. Ham Lagat.

In his application, the lawyer requested the court to release him on bail citing that there were no compelling reasons to deny him freedom.

Gillgil MP Martha Wangari and her ex-husband Peter Karanja: PHOTO COURTESY

However, its not only the prosecution that was interested in having Mr. Karanja behind bars but also his estranged wife, Gilgil MP Martha Wangari.

The legislator through her lawyer George Kimani made an application to be conjoined in the case against his ex-husband, stating that she had information that could propel the case.

Ms. Wangari sought to record a statement at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations regarding Mr. Karanja but defence lawyers opposed this saying she had no legal mandate to participate in the case.

All lawyers in the case including the prosecution opposed her submissions arguing that she is a stranger to the proceedings and not a victim of the murder case.

The Gilgil legislator was opposed to the court granting her ex-husband bond stating that he has nowhere to reside since the home he claimed he will be residing in was her own and they had no marriage relationship.

Ms. Wangari has vehemently denied claims that the suspect is her husband and even launched a bid to compel Karanja to keep off from their children and pay her Ksh 270,000 for child support.

Sarah with her late husband Tob Cohen: PHOTO COURTESY

The first suspect in the murder case of the Dutch Tycoon was released on a Ksh 2 Million cash bail on October 11.

Sarah Cohen, the deceased wife was set free by Justice Stella Mutuku after the prosecution failed to prove there were justifiable reasons to keep her in remand.

Wairimu was released on the condition that she will keep of their matrimonial home to be accommodated by friends and parents.

Both the first and second accused persons have denied murdering Tob Cohen.

Tob Cohen, a dutch businessman is suspected to have been killed on the night of July 19 and 20 in Nairobi. His body was found buried in a septic tank within his compound on September 13.

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