Reports have surfaced of how deceased Dutch billionaire, Tob Cohen, was threatened into marriage by embattled wife Sarah Wairimu.
On Tuesday, September 24,Bernard Cohen, unleashed a verbal attack on Sarah Wairimu, during the burial of the deceased tycoon, Tob Cohen, at the Jewish Cemetery in Nairobi.
According to The Star, Bernard poked holes at his brother’s marriage to Wairimu, alleging that it was of convenience and that it was Sarah’s idea.
“Today we are gathered here to bury my brother for the second time, but this time with dignity,” he started by satirically recalling how Cohen was allegedly dumped inside a septic tank.
“He got a piece of land so his neighbours started fighting over his premises. So he would have been kicked out of this country. According to Sarah, they had to marry for him to stay in Kenya,” Bernard narrated.
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He went on to praise the deceased for how took care of his wife.
“He fell in love with Kenya, and later started a new life. In the meantime, a secret relationship started growing slowly by slowly with Sarah. He raised Sarah’s daughter and sponsored her education since she was three years old until she did her master’s degree at in a university in the Netherlands,” he recalled.
According to Cohen’s lawyer, Danstan Omari, Sarah devised a sinister plan which made Cohen bow to her demand, sealing a union with her.
Omari told Citizen TV on Saturday, September 14, that Sarah threatened to have Cohen deported from Kenya using her influence with prominent people after Cohen declined to marry her.
She also informed him that she would ensure his projects and tenders in Kenya were cut off. Cohen gave in and married her at the attorney general’s offices.
During the burial of his brother Cohen,Bernard also painfully recalled how one of their parents had survived a harrowing World War II genocide of the European Jews only for the son to die a painful death.
“So unexpectedly, we learnt of the torturing and subsequent slaughtering of our brother. For the three of us coming from a family of a Holocaust survivor, it was least expected,” Bernard mourned.
Omari further claimed that Cohen travelled to Kenya, to work and met Sarah on May 30, 2007. They started dating later and at that time, Sarah was his assistant. She would later force him into matrimony according to the attorney.
The wife, after marriage, then demanded that he should give her 50 per cent of his wealth. That was after they had built their Kitisuru home in Nairobi.
It is alleged that on 29, July 2019, Cohen through his lawyer recorded a statement at Parklands Police Station, alleging that Sarah had beaten him up. Sarah ran away to Europe after finding out police were after her for domestic violence.
While in exile, Cohen went into her room and found the title deed to their home which had been missing, alongside a letter to the Immigration Department stating that Cohen was trafficking drugs and was not eligible to acquire Kenyan citizenship.
Upon returning to Kenya, Gigiri police boss Richard Mugwai ordered his officers not to arrest her as claimed by Omari.
Former Gatundu North MP, Patrick Muiruri, who was the last person to speak to Cohen on the phone before his disappearance, revealed that his marriage was broken.
Despite being a couple, the two slept in separate bedrooms. Cohen had also written a will that directed his wealth to be given to his brother and sister, excluding Sarah. The will also detailed how Cohen wanted to be buried upon his death.
“She killed Cohen because of the house and the property,” Muriuri told Citizen TV on Saturday, September 14.
On Monday police will conduct a postmortem on Cohen’s body and at the same time arraign Sarah and Peter Karanja in court. Peter was the suspect who revealed the murder plot and his phone was found in Cohen’s house.
Wairimu while speaking, lashed out at family members who she accused of hypocrisy.
“There is nothing secret. I’m glad you’ve heard all my names and I’m glad you realise I’m Sarah Cohen or Sarah Tobs. Know that very clear.
“It’s been painful but I’m glad…for the family members who are pretending to be family…. yours is another story,” she added.