Police outside the house of the 77 year-old Holland citizen who was killed and his body dumped in a septic tank at Nyali, Mombasa county on June 14, 2016. Photo / John Chesoli
Killed Dutchman body retrieved from septic tank in Mombasa
Police on Tuesday retrieved the body of a Dutch national who was brutally murdered from a septic tank.
The remains were found stashed in a mattress and hidden in the pit for almost five months at his residence in Nyali, Mombasa county.
Jacobus Van Der Goes, who also holds Kenyan passport, was hacked to death before he was dumped in the tank just behind his house.
The murder weapons among them a clobber and hammer were also recovered from the tank.
Mombasa county CID boss Pius Macharia said three prime suspects, among them his gardener, are in police custody over the gruesome murder that occurred on January 5, 2016.
The gardener was earlier arrested after he made several cash withdrawals from Equity Bank in Mombasa and Kericho branches using the victim’s ATM cards.
He was convicted to serve two-and-half-year jail term at Shimo la Tewa maximum prison.
The Dutch’s family had requested the Kenyan authorities to intensify investigations to resolve the death of their kinsman.
The matter was reported at Nyali police station and two other suspects were arrested last week.
A motor-vehicle belonging to the deceased was also recovered in Mombasa town.
Investigators are likely to press more charges against the three following Tuesday’s discovery of the deceased’s body, which was badly decomposed.
Addressing the media in Nyali, Macharia said the detectives will conduct DNA tests to establish his identity.
A brother in-law of the deceased and a family doctor witnessed the process of pulling out the body from the tank.
Goes, a retiree of Holland government, was staying with the gardener before he met the death.
Police believe the gardener orchestrated the murder to acquire the wealth including the palatial home, vehicle, cash and other valuables.
Two of the suspects led to the recovery of his motor vehicle within Mombasa, according to the county CID boss.