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Court sets date for Samuel Wanjiru's inquest hearing

04 December 2013, 12:33

Nyahururu - A ruling into where the inquest of the late 2008 Beijing Olympics Marathon champion, Samuel Wanjiru, will be heard is expected to be delivered on Dec. 9.

Wanjiru, who also won the Chicago marathon twice and London marathon once in his short but stellar career, died from an apparent fall from his balcony on the night of May 15, 2011 at his Nyahururu home.

Senior Principal Magistrate, Dennis Mikoyan, will rule next Monday whether the public inquest into the untimely death that shocked the world will be heard in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi or his hometown of Nyahururu, 186.3km away.

Last year, Nakuru High Court Judge, Anyara Emukule, directed without providing reasons that the inquest be conducted in Nairobi by a Chief Magistrate.

But the marathoner's widow Triza Njeri moved to court on Tuesday to seek the reasons why the inquest should not be held in Nyahururu.

Njeri expressed "Surprise at the commencement of an inquest into circumstances surrounding her husband's death," adding the inquest should be held in their home town as opposed to the capital.

"I'm eager to have the matter concluded and the cause of death revealed to all Kenyans so that my children and I can finally start building our lives," she added.

Through family lawyer Wahome Ndegwa, she told the court that the scene of death was Nyahururu, all witnesses are from the town, documents and all CCTV material are also there and anyone suggesting the case be held in Nairobi is out to "defeat a quick disposal of the inquest by making all involved incur hefty costs."

The lawyer is also set to petition Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, to appoint a special magistrate to hear evidence, visit the scene and receive all documents pertaining to the death.

Njeri maintains that the former Olympic champ died from a fall as arrived at by pathologist Dr. Peter Ndegwa.

Prosecution Counsel John Mkufu, said that he had no objection as long as the two parties agreed with Mikoyan advising both parties to close ranks.

Mikoyan ruled that he would consult with the chief justice' s office and have the go ahead given on Dec. 9.

Kamau's mother Hannah Wanjiru moved to court to have an inquest done accusing the wife of killing her son.

- Xinhua


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