A High Court in Nairobi has okayed lawyer Philip Murgor to represent Sarah Wairimu, the widow accused of killing her Dutch husband Tob Cohen.
Murgor’s representation had been contested by the prosecution which argued he was still a public prosecutor.
Led by lawyer Cliff Ombeta, the prosecution told the court Murgor remained a public prosecutor since the gazette notice of his appointment had not been revoked even though he resigned.
Senior assistant DPP Catherine Mwaniki also notified the court that they were still in the process of degazetting the appointment.
Justice Stella Mutuku today ruled that there was no dispute in Murgor’s resignation and no one could be forced to remain in office against their will.
She added that lawyer Murgor had been attending to other court issues, including with the office of the DPP, and the resignation had not been contested.
After the ruling, Sarah Wairimu finally took a plea in the murder case. Plea-taking had been deferred four times before.
She denied killing her husband Cohen, a former CEO of Philips Electronics East Africa.
Wairimu was arrested on August 29 after the police picked and interrogated her for the third time over the disappearance of Cohen on July 19, 2019, from their Lower Kabete home in Nairobi.
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