Cohen’s widow opposes application to consolidate murder charges

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Cohen's widow opposes application to consolidate murder charges

The main suspect in the murder of Dutch businessman Tob Cohen, Sarah Wairimu has opposed an application by the prosecution to consolidate murder charges against her and second suspect Peter Karanja.

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Through her lawyer Philip Murgor, Wairimu argues that the application is premature since the prosecution is yet to provide witness statements and exhibits it intends to rely on during the trial.

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Appearing before Justice Stella Mutuku, the prosecution through senior assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Catherine Mwaniki asked the court to consolidate the case against the two suspects in the Tob Cohen murder trial.

According to the prosecution, the particulars of the case including dates of the offence, place and time the crime was committed are similar.

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The prosecution says witnesses expected to testify in the case are the same and as such consolidating the case will save the court essential time.

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However, the defence through lawyer Philip Murgor opposed the application terming it premature on grounds that they are yet to be supplied with witness statements and exhibits to be used in the trial.

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In its submission, the defence team accused the prosecution of failing to comply with the constitution which requires them to supply the defence with the necessary documents to be relied on in the trial.

In the case, Sarah Wairimu and Peter Karanja were separately charged with murdering Dutch businessman Tob Cohen on the night of July 19 and 20, this year.

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