A father whose son was found dead in a pastor’s car in Mombasa has been living in distress for the last three years.
Richard Wasike’s six-year-old son was found inside a pastor’s car at Ushindi Baptist Church in Likoni, Mombasa County, on February 26,2018.
Ever since then, Wasike says that his extended family and villagers in his rural home have neglected him, accusing him of sacrificed Emmanuel in a religious ritual.
Appearing before the Mombasa Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti on Tuesday, June 8, Wasike said that he cannot travel to his rural home, fearing that he could be lynched in retaliation by those who believe he killed his own son.
The court heard that on the fateful day, his children, including Emmanuel, left home earlier than him for a church service. But Emmanuel had not returned by evening, something that was unusual.
A search for the boy was lunched and on Monday morning, his lifeless body was found in the car.
Wasike recalls how his wife called to tell him that he was needed at the church. “On arrival, Reverend Maundu told me to go to the police station because my son had been found. I saw my son dead in the car.”
A postmortem conducted on Emmanuel revealed that he died from suffocation.
The family, however, reads foul play in the whole investigation process. They demanded examination of CCTV cameras mounted at the church’s parking lot. The church, however, says that police examined the CCTV cameras, only to find out that they were not functional. The installers of the cameras also says that the events of the fateful day had been overwritten.