Ty­coon killed by pes­ti­cide, in­quest told

Man be­lieves step­mother had a hand in the death of his Bri­tish dad at Nyali in 2013

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - MKAMBURI MWAWASI @Mkam­buriM

A Bri­tish ty­coon who died in Mom­basa was poi­soned by a pes­ti­cide, a court was told.

For­mer gov­ern­ment pathol­o­gist Dr Moses Njue said a post­mortem report showed Harry Veev­ers was poi­soned by Cy­halothrin.

He said the anal­y­sis of wet soil sam­ples and body tis­sues from the po­si­tion of the stom­ach were found to con­tain the chem­i­cal.

“The pres­ence of the chem­i­cal in the stom­ach means it had been in­gested while the de­ceased was alive. Ob­vi­ously, he was poi­soned,” he told chief mag­is­trate Dou­glas Ogoti.

Veev­ers died at his Nyali bun­ga­low on Fe­bru­ary 14, 2013. He lived with his sec­ond wife Emma Par­venu and daugh­ters Alexan­dra Azra and He­len Veev­ers.

Veev­ers was buried at a Mus­lim ceme­tery in Mom­basa three days af­ter his death. His body was, how­ever, ex­humed a year later when his sons Richard and Philip de­manded to know the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death.

Richard said his fa­ther had re­ceived death threats from his step­mother be­fore he died.

“My fa­ther vis­ited me in my home and told me my step­mother had threat­ened to kill him af­ter he re­vealed to her that he had a Kenyan girl­friend,” he said.

Richard said he did not see the need to report the mat­ter to the po­lice as he did not think it was se­ri­ous.

He said be­fore his fa­ther’s rev­e­la­tion that he wanted to marry a Kenyan woman, they had all lived hap­pily in the UK.

Richard also ques­tioned why his fa­ther was hur­riedly buried as a Mus­lim when he was Chris­tian.

The two said there was a con­spir­acy be­tween their step­sis­ters and step­mother to kill Veev­ers, lead­ing to an in­quest.

The court was told the soil sam­ples were taken from the grave af­ter the body was ex­humed.

Dur­ing the anal­y­sis of the spec­i­mens, which also in­cluded teeth, Njue said the chem­i­cal was not no­ticed on the dry soil. He dis­missed the pos­si­bil­ity of the chem­i­cal be­ing a re­sult of the preser­va­tives used at Pandya mor­tu­ary.

“We would have found body tis­sues in­tact if it had been in­jected with for­ma­lin. It is also false to say that he might have con­sumed a veg­etable sprayed with the chem­i­cal since wash­ing and ex­po­sure to light re­moves the chem­i­cal al­to­gether,” he said.

The in­quest led by as­sis­tant DPP Alexan­der Muteti will con­tinue to­day. In Fe­bru­ary 2014, the re­mains of Bri­ton Harry Veev­ers al­leged to have been poi­soned by his spouse in Mom­basa were ex­humed. Po­lice of­fi­cers en­forced an ex­huma­tion or­der that was is­sued by a mag­is­trate af­ter Veev­ers’s two sons said they sus­pected foul play over the death of their fa­ther. The ex­huma­tion, a first of its kind ever to be wit­nessed at the Cutchi Sunni Mus­lims Ja­mat Ceme­tery be­hind the Sap­phire Ho­tel in Mom­basa drew cu­ri­ous on­look­ers. Kisauni CID boss Joseph Kioko led of­fi­cers to over­see the process con­ducted by chief pathol­o­gist.

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