The family of a Kenyan woman who died in Netherlands is still in agony after her husband cremated her even after they warned him against it.
The family of Mercy Wanjiku Muthui who died on January 12 demanded that her body be brought home but Mercy’s husband would hear none of it.
She was cremated and the family is distressed, suspecting foul play. Her widower says she committed suicide by drowning.
Wanjiku was 32 years old. Her moniker was Shiquio Muthui, the name she used in two music reality shows, Tusker Project Fame and Coke Studio Africa.
She also recorded a popular Christmas song, Mary, did you know?
Wanjiku’s body was found lying in a ditch outside her house in the Spijkenisse, the Netherlands a few metres away while her husband and six-month-old son lay asleep.
This information has been brought to light by Wanjiku’s husband Daniel Erhardt, who spoke exclusively to the Star yesterday from the his home in the western Netherlands province of South Holland.
He had been arrested, questioned and released.
“Like the preliminary forensic report says, there is no sign of a struggle and there was a lot of water in her body.
The final report is not yet finished, some tests will take a bit more time, My lawyer said it can take up to three months,” Erhardt said.
The toxicology report is supposed to be released in a month.
Wanjiku’s family in Nairobi is suspicious and wants further investigation into her sudden death. Too late.
Bilha’s sister told the Star that
“We sent our friend to view the body at the mortuary and take pictures for us. Those pictures indicate her left eye was injured and she had a patch on her left eye,”
According to Bilha, on January 12, 2019, they were notified of her death through a call from the Foreign ministry. They were told her German husband Daniel Erhardt had told police Wanjiku had committed suicide by drowning herself into a ditch.
“We read from the newspaper that she was found in a ditch,” Bilha said.
According to the preliminary forensic report in the Star’s possession, “There is accumulation of clear fluid in the chest cavities (together approximately 130ml).
There was an end of the lungs in the chest … There was a vague red skin on the right cheek with slight subcutaneous redness on the cut.
There were no punctiform [point/puncture/dot] hemorrhages in the conjunctiva of the eyelids or elsewhere. With larynx and tongue bone were intact.”
The cremation has angered Wanjiku’s family. Bilha said, “He [Erhardt] was here during our dad’s burial and he knows how we do things.”
The widower defended the cremation, saying the cost of preserving the body and transportation costs to take it home for burial were astronomical.
“The focus now is on taking care of my six-month-old son,” he said, adding if the family wants her ashes, “they have my number.”
The baby is in the custody of the Netherlands Children’s Department.
Police arrested Erhardt over the suspicious circumstances surrounding Wanjiku’s death, but released him.