The late 2008 Olympic marathon champion Samuel Kamau Wanjiru was murdered and did not fall to his death as widely believed.
A former chief government pathologist Dr Moses Njue who led the team of four Doctors that conducted a postmortem on the fallen heros’ body on Tuesday said he was convinced that Wanjiru was hit by a blunt object after he had jumped from the balcony of his home at the Muthaiga Estate, Nyahururu on the night of May 16,2011 or possibly he was pushed then struck.
Njue who was speaking at an ongoing inquest at the Milimani court that seeks to establish whether he was murdered or he jumped to his death as widely believed at the Muthaiga Estate, Nyahururu on the night of May 16,2011.
Wanjiru died hours after he had driven from his training base in Eldoret and joined his friends for a night of drinks in Nakuru and in his home town before he retired at his house where he controversially met his death.
“I am convinced that the deceased was independently hit by another person. This was after he had fallen off the balcony.
The injury on the head was independently inflicted and not from the fall as a result of a heavy flat object with a maximum velocity,” said Njue who oversaw the postmortem at the Lee Funeral home about a fortnight after his death.
“The injuries on the head were massive and could have caused the death of the deceased,” Njue insisted saying there was bloody bump on Wanjiru’s head and his skull was split.
“According to the injuries on his palms and knees, it means that he fell like a cat. It was not possible for the deceased to have fallen then rebounded back to sustain such serious injuries on the head,” the former chief pathologist told the court. He argued that the injuries were inconsistent with the supposed distance he fell to from the balcony.
“I submit my opinions are based on my experience on injuries and so far no one adduced to our team as having witnessed the deceased falling.We were not convinced that the deceased died after falling from the balcony.
For a height to have had a significant effect that can generate momentum to kill it must have been three to four times the height of the deceased,” said Njue adding that the injuries on other parts of his body like his chest had injuries that could not be associated to the fall.
Njue led the postmortem that was conducted on June 1 four years ago alongside his then deputy Dr. Johansen Oduor and two others. The pathologist believed Wanjiru died while he was being rushed to hospital possibly an hour after the incident.