Medical team fail to agree on Wanjiru’s cause of death

Jun 01, 2011

Pathologists failed to piece together conclusive evidence leading to the mysterious demise of  the Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru.

A team of medical experts led by government chief pathologist Dr Moses Njue failed to give an explanation as to whether the athlete was murdered or he jumped to his death.

As experts and investigators look for reasons behind his death, his athletic frame continues to lie motionless in a Nairobi mortuary and his interment appears far from now. 

Earlier on, the medical experts and the doctors had visited the scene in which the athlete reportedly jumped to his death from the first floor of his balcony after a domestic quarrel.

The investigations at the scene was attended by top family members and friends including two women claiming to be Wanjiru’s wives Mary Wacera and Judy Wambui were also at the home.

A bitter family feud has delayed the sending of the icon after the mother Hannah Njeri vowed not to withdraw a court case she has filed blocking Wanjiru’s widow Triza Njeri from burying his son until fresh investigations are concluded.

Dr Njue who avoided speaking to the media reportedly told lawyers representing Wanjiru’s widow and the mother Hannah  that he had not come into a conclusion but would need more time to go trough various examinations he had conducted.

Lawyers differed over what caused the death with the mother’s lawyers Gordon Ogolla and Wilfred Konosi accusing the police of trying to conceal the truth and traded accusations.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in the marathon. At 21, he had the promise to dominate the distance for another decade but curtails fell on his shining career.

His death on May 15, has been described as a huge loss to the sports fraternity and the running community.

Njeri’s lawyer Mr Ndegwa Wahome maintained that the doctor’s preliminary report had proved clearly that he died a after sustaining injuries emanating from a fall.

 

 

Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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