Detectives from the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) are trying to uncover the murder of Dutch tycoon, who was murdered at his Bamburi home in Kisauni, Mombasa County, on Friday.
The detectives on Saturday grilled Herman Rouwenhorst’s widow, Riziki Cherono. Cherono told the police that five men gained entry into their Roco apartments where they allegedly attacked the night guard, leaving him unconscious.
Armed with blunt objects and masked, she claimed that the men went up to their bedroom where they found them sleeping.
The men allegedly did not ask her or her husband for anything, and only ordered her to leave and head towards the parking lot where she was reportedly hurled into her car and driven off towards Serena Hotel.
“Three men remained in the house while one drove my car and the other one ensured I remained silent in the back seat,” Cherono added.
Widow raised alarm to Dutch husband’s situation through a call
In her statement, she said that she was accorded a one-call privilege, after “pleading with the kidnappers for hours.” She allegedly called the caretaker, Hamisi Bambo, and informed him that she had been kidnapped.
Unclear whether she spoke with the caretaker while the kidnappers were on-site or not, Cherono allegedly told Bambo to rush to their house as her husband was in danger.
In his statement, Bambo claims that he was the one who alerted neighbours to assist him rush the already unconscious nightguard to the hospital where he later died.
Meanwhile, Cherono said that she was later tied up, and left in the car, where the officers reportedly found her. “They tied my hands to the steering wheel, taped my mouth and left at around 5 am,” she added.
In the mysterious death, Rouwenhorst, 55, was found “lying on their bed having been murdered with his hands and legs tied using a rope, and mouth gagged.”
The real estate developer and Cherono were reportedly married for 13 years and had three children together.
Rouwenhorst’s body will undergo a postmortem examination today (Monday) at Padya Memorial Hospital.
Members of his family are also expected to arrive in the country this week to follow up on the matter.