Thrilling tale of how Dutch tycoon was murdered

Murder most foul

Homicide detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested two suspects behind the double murders of Mombasa-based Dutch tycoon Herman Rouwenhourst, 55 and his guard Evans Bokoro.

Homicide detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested two suspects behind the double murders of Mombasa-based Dutch tycoon Herman Rouwenhourst, 55 and his guard Evans Bokoro.

On the morning of Friday, June 4 2021, the 55 year old was found dead at his home in Shanzu. He was found with deep cuts in the head and back while his hands and legs were tied up.

A statement from the DCI has indicated that the two suspects; Timothy Omondi Ngoe alias Rashid and Mary Nekesa Ambani confessed to the crime.

According to the suspects, Rouwenhourst's wife Riziki Cherono was the one who orchestrated the horrendous ordeal.

Cherono hatched a plot to eliminate her husband after he told her he wanted a divorce following their numerous wrangles and fights.

On May 10 2021, Cherono organised a meeting with the suspects at one of her husband's hotels.

"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," revealed DCI.

Rashid even took photos of the bedroom where the multi-millionaire was later found dead and was promised by Cherono, a hefty pay after the completion of the murder.

On the fateful night, the mother of two, opened the door to their apartment letting in Rashid and other suspects still at large, to commit the murder.

According to the directorate, "after completing their task, they broke into the safe and took off with over Sh. 3 million."

So as to prevent any suspicion, Cherono staged a fake kidnapping after the murder of her husband. She was later found in the couple’s Toyota Probox around Serena hotel with her hands tied to the steering wheel.

A few weeks after the murder, Rashid then acquired a plot from the proceeds of the crime and constructed a four-roomed house at an estimated cost of over Sh 1.5 Million.

He also furnished it with newly acquired households items, worth over Sh 500,000.

Further, detectives recovered one live round of 9mm callibre, one bullet head of 9mm callibre, blood stained shoes, a pair of handcuffs, several mobile phones and SIM cards.

The suspects will be arraigned in court tomorrow to answer to murder charges.

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