An inquest into the death of Keroche Breweries heiress Tecra Muigai continued on Tuesday at the Milimani Law Courts, with damning testimonies.
It was an emotional day at the court as the family of the late Tecra could not help but break down into tears.
Keroche Breweries owner Tabitha Karanja, blamed the then Tecra Muigai’s boyfriend Omar Lali for her untimely death.
Tabitha described Omar Lali as an old man who took advantage of her young, innocent daughter. She says that Lali took advantage of her innocence by preying on her hard-earned money.
She could not fathom how her daughter would be in a relationship with “such an old man”. She narrated to the court how she knew the affair through social media photos. “I was shell shocked!”
Tabitha Karanja further says that her daughter used to send huge sums of money to Lali. She says that Tecra would regularly withdraw sums of money from her bank accounts and sending directly to Lali.
According to Tabitha, detectives found unsigned bank slips a Lamu house where Tecra was residing with Lali.
“Giving out money to old men is rare and when I got suspicious of the events, Tecra had already transferred over Ksh1 million to Omar Lali within a period of five months,” Tabitha told the court.
For an emotional Richadei Massimiliano, a businessman and a close friend to Tabitha Karanja’s family, Tecra and Lali’s was a storm over paradise.
He alleged how sometimes Lali will be hostile to Tecra. “He was regularly shouting at her.”
Massimiliano also told the court how Tecra “fall in love with Omar Lali a few days after visiting Lamu. Massimiliano says that Tecra’s social life changed immediately she met Lali.
“The way we used to communicate changed. Tecra was slowly distancing herself and would often complain of network issues while in Lamu,” he said.
The case continues today, with witnesses for the accused, Omar Lali, expected to take the stand.
Detectives and medical experts who performed the post-mortem on Tecra’s body are also expected to tell the court on their findings.
Tecra died under unclear circumstance on May 3 2020 while on holiday in Lamu with boyfriend Omar Lali. She was laid to rest at her parents home in Naivasha on May 16 2020.