New Twist in Mombasa Dutch Tycoon’s Murder Case as Wife Recants Initial Statement

File image of Police carrying a dead body
In a dramatic turn of events, the wife of murdered Dutch tycoon Herman Rouwenhorst has recanted her statement after detectives poked holes in her earlier version of events.

In the new statement provided to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) by Riziki Cherono, the wife of the murdered tycoon on Tuesday, June 8, the suspect disclosed that she was kidnapped by two men while in her bedroom.

She recounted that the two kidnappers who wore masks then ordered her to drive them towards Serena Area and all through, she had her hands tied to the steering wheel.

In her Tuesday 08 June statement, Cherono also held that the two men were armed with pistols, contradicting her earlier version in which she claimed that they were armed with blunt objects..

This appeared to contradict her earlier statements issued on Saturday, June 5 during interrogation in which she claimed that she was bundled into the car and the thugs drove her to Serena area where they abandoned her.

“I learnt that the attackers had killed my husband on Friday morning when well-wishers untied me from the steering wheel,” she stated at the time.

Police Move in as Dutch Tycoon is Murdered in Cold Blood, Girlfriend Found Tied Up Close By
Police Move in as Dutch Tycoon is Murdered in Cold Blood, Girlfriend Found Tied Up Close By

Sleuths would recall her a few hours after she gave her first statement, seeking some clarifications after noting that the first statement Cherono issued was not adding up.

Rouwenhorst and his watchman were found murdered in his apartment. His hands and legs had been tied and his mouth gagged.

The Dutch national who is said to be a multi-millionaire owning properties in Utange, Bamburi, Mitamboni and Mtwapa areas was found murdered in his apartment alongside his watchman.

His hands and legs had been tied and his mouth gagged.

The Standard reported that he also owned several entertainment joints in Mombasa and Kilifi counties and was a man of able means.

DCI officers also confirmed that the thugs were probably individuals well known to the victims.

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