Inquest into death of athlete Samuel Wanjiru rules out murder, suicide

The inquest into the death of late marathon runner Samuel Wanjiru has ruled out murder and suicide as the cause of death.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Muchemi Wendy concluded that there was no evidence to support allegations of suicide or murder and that his wife, Trizah Njeri, did not push him to his death.

The 2008 Olympic champion died in 2011 from injuries sustained when he fell from a balcony at his home in Nyahururu. Rose Wangui has more.

Hannah Wanjiru never understood why her son, famed world marathoner Samuel Wanjiru, died on 15 May 2011 at the age of 24.

She was in a reflective mood as the coroner’s court concluded its hearing into the circumstances surrounding the marathoner’s death.


(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 5, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya shows his gold medal during a news conference in Osaka.


Investigators had come across inconsistencies in how Wanjiru died at his home in Nyahururu, as no one saw him fall from the balcony of his house.

According to investigators, while some witnesses had said Wanjiru died from falling from the balcony of his Muthiaga Estate home in Nyahururu town, they could not explain the blood found on the balcony.

The magistrate said there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Wanjiru had committed suicide.

The inquest heard that Wanjiru could have slipped and fallen after being caught by his wife, Trizah Njeri, in an uncompromising situation.

Some of the evidence presented to the inquest suggested that he may have jumped from the balcony after his wife locked him in the bedroom and ran away.

The inquest also heard that his wife and prime suspect was not in the compound at the time Wanjiru fell.

The inquest accepted the toxicologist’s report that Wanjiru was heavily intoxicated, a situation that could have affected his decision-making, hence the fall.

Government doctors and pathologists who had earlier testified in the matter believe that it was the head injury that caused Wanjiru’s death.

Samuel Wanjiru, the 2008 Olympic marathon champion, died in 2011 from injuries sustained after falling from a balcony at his home in Nyahururu.

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