Two suspects have been arrested in connection to the murders of Mombasa-based Dutch tycoon Herman Rouwenhourst, 55, and his security guard Evans Bokoro, 23.
Timothy Omondi Ngoe “Rashid”, 22, and Mary Nekesa Ambani, 33, were arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) homicide detectives following the murders that happened at Rocco apartments in Shanzu, Mombasa County, on June 4, 2021.
On the fateful day, Rouwenhourst – who owned multiple properties and nightclubs across Mombasa and Kilifi Counties – was found lying lifeless on his matrimonial bed. He had multiple injuries on his head, his hands and legs tied and his mouth gagged.
His guard also died under similar circumstances bearing injuries similar to those of his employer.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the slain tycoon had notified his wife Riziki Cherono of his intentions to divorce her following endless wrangles that had rocked their marriage.
“However, Cherono didn’t take that lying down and hatched a plot to eliminate her husband, with whom they had two children aged 14 and 12,” says the DCI.
According to the investigative agency, Cherono on May 10, 2021 constituted a meeting between the two suspects (Rashid and Nekesa) to hatch the murder plan.
“In a chilling confession to detectives on how they planned and executed the murder, Nekesa disclosed that Cherono had earlier taken Rashid to their home on a recce mission to familiarize himself with the home. To complete the finer details into the murder plot, Rashid took photos of the bedroom where the deceased was later found dead,” the DCI says.
Rashid, DCI says, was promised to be paid well upon completion of the task, “from money that the deceased kept in a safe in the couple’s bedroom.”
DCI probe reveal finer details
DCI: “Investigations have further revealed that on the fateful night of the murder, Cherono opened the door to their apartment letting in Rashid and other suspects still at large, to stage the cold blooded murder. After completing their task, they broke into the safe and took off with over Sh3 Million.”
Cherono was later found in the couple’s Toyota Probox around Serena Hotel, in what detectives say was a staged kidnapping.
It is also emerging that two weeks after the murder of the tycoon, the prime suspect- Rashid bought a 40 by 80ft plot at Kiembeni area. Detectives say that he acquired the land with the proceeds from the murder. He had also constructed a four-roomed house at an estimated cost of over KSh1.5Million and furnished it with newly acquired house holds items, worth over KSh500,000.
One live round of 9mm calibre, one bullet head of 9mm calibre, blood stained shoes, a pair of handcuffs, several mobile phones and SIM cards were recovered.
Forensic analysis has also placed Rashid at the scene of the murder in Shanzu and at around Serena Hotel, where Cherono and the vehicle were found.
The suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday, July 26 to answer to murder charges.