The mother of late Olympic gold medallist Samuel Wanjiru has linked six police officers, the star athlete’s widow Triza Njeri and a lawyer with his death. Hannah Wanjiru told an inquest at the Milimani Law courts that the “murder conspiracy” was hatched to access her son’s wealth.
She said three days after her son’s death, the widow and lawyer James Ndegwa travelled to the registrar of persons office in Nairobi to change the names of Triza in her identity card in order to facilitate the sale of the deceased’s property.
Wanjiru’s mother also linked former Nyahururu OCPD Josephat Ombati, OCS Allan Ogolla and their juniors with the alleged murder. She claimed her son was murdered in his bedroom and later thrown over the balcony of his Nyahururu home on the night of May 15, 2011.
“We found two metallic bars in the bedroom besides the blood stains that were spotted on the sitting room table and on the bedroom,” she said. She said Triza had separated with her son early in 2011and moved out of their matrimonial home and was living in Ngong and only returned to Nyahuhuru two weeks before the marathoner died.
“Triza came back to Nyahururu seeking birth certificates of her two children,” she said. The inquest heard that prior to Wanjiru’s death, Triza had sought a meeting with her husband and uncles to have her name changed from Triza Njeri Muturi to Triza Njeri Kamau.
The witness said her son, however, rejected the proposal since they have had not taken dowry to her family. Basing her narration on the eight CCTV cameras installed within Wanjiru’s residence, the mother told the inquest only one which faces the compound from the gate was functional and recorded the occurrences of the fateful night. She claimed the others had been interfered with.
She said she wondered why following the death of her son, the first person Triza informed was the OCPD and her late son’s lawyer Ndegwa, instead of informing her or any other close family members.
Ms Kamau said she has remained poor since the death of her son while Triza and lawyer Ndegwa have been sub-dividing property, selling and receiving huge amount of money from various rental houses.
She was, however, stood down because lawyer Ndegwa who is representing Triza in the inquest sent another lawyer to hold brief for him.
The magistrate Francis Andayi said Ndegwa had a right to cross examine the witness because of claims that he was privy to Wanjiru’s murder and sale of his property.
“I don’t know why the investigators in this matter left out lawyer Ndegwa to be a witness because he has adversely been mentioned,” he said. The inquest will resume on August 21.