As new developments continue unfolding in the murder case of Dutch Tycoon Tob Cohen, Kenyans have been keenly following with some likening it to watching a mystery movie.
The latest development was on Friday, September 20, when the deceased’s will was opened and read to his relatives in the absence of his estranged wife Sarah Wairimu and her lawyers.
To the surprise of many, the former Philips Electronics East Africa chairman had not left anything for his wife as 75% of his wealth went to his sister and her children.
The slain tycoon gave their KSh 400 million matrimonial home, that has been the centre of a dispute, to his sister Gabrielle Van Straten and her children.
Cohen also willed 50% of his estate to Gabrielle, 25 % to her two daughters and another 25% to his elder brother Bernard Cohen.
The money in his bank accounts is to be shared only between Gabrielle and his brother Benard with the former’s children also benefitting from their uncles magnanimity.
The new revelations has left many excited who, in their bewilderment, said the business man was right to exclude his wife whom he married in 2007.
For many Kenyans who have already, in their own judgement, have already convicted Sara Wairimu of murder, she did not deserve a fraction of the wealth due to her actions.
“The deceased had a good reason for that. If she was good to him he could have mentioned her somewhere in the will,” wrote Jeniffer Favour.
“Cohen realised the devil wairimu was. Any relationship or marriage build on money can never thrive. Make God the fulcrum of your marriage and you enjoy the peace and wealth in it. Poor wairimu,” Mildred Mutemba wairimu said.
Philip Murgor, Wairimu’s lawyer, had said they would not attend the event claiming the confidential nature of the will had been severely compromised
He accused the late Cohen’s lawyer and family of acting in bad faith while Wairimu intends to fight any attempt to disinherit what legally belongs to her.
Even if Wairimu, who is the prime suspect in the case succeeds in being included in the will, only the courts judgement will decide if she gets to inherit her slain husband’s wealth.
According to Section 96(1) of the Law of Succession Act, CAP 160, any sane person found guilty of murder, will not be directly or indirectly entitled to the slain’s estate.
“Notwithstanding any provision of this Act, a person who, while sane, murders another person shall not be entitled directly or indirectly to any share in the estate of the murdered person,” it reads.
In the meantime, lets read what Kenyans had to say.
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