A postmortem study conducted on the body of the late Terrence Korir has shown that the city banker was alive and breathing when the inside of his car mysteriously went on fire last week.
The 36-year-old died in the driver’s seat of his parked Subaru car in an 8.30 a.m incident in Nairobi’s Buruburu Estate on Wednesday.
According to postmortem results seen by several local media, the presence of carbon dioxide in his breathing system showed that Korir inhaled a significant amount of smoke before he met his untimely death.
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This rules out the previous speculation that his dead body might have been carried into the vehicle and then set on fire, and strongly hints towards it having been suicide.
On that fateful day, the Chairman of Mahi Mahiu Court where he lived, called police after security guards informed him of a burning car outside one of the houses.
They collected Korir’s remains from the car after neighbours and Nairobi County firefighters put out the blaze.
Speaking from the scene that morning, Kamukunji DCI chief Adan Guyo said detectives took samples from the car for forensic tests to determine how the fire started.
On social media, various versions of the story did rounds, including one which suggested that his wife, a 29-year-old identified as Ruth Wanjiru, had set the father of two on fire.