Pathologist charged for stealing a corpse heart

Pathologist, Dr. Moses Njue charged with stealing a corpse heart

Pathologist, Dr. Moses Njue  has denied an allegation of stealing  a corpse heart at Lee Funeral Home three years ago.

Dr Njue, who served as former kenya’s Chief Government pathologist was charged at a Nairobi court alongside his son, Lemuel Anasha Mureithi, who also served as his assistant pathologist.

They are accused of stealing the heart of Timothy Mwandi Muumbo while performing an autopsy on June 25, 2015.

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Dr Njue denied a further count of destroying the heart, to conceal evidence, knowing that the autopsy report would be used as evidence in a case pending in court.

He denied a third count of illegally removing the heart.

Kenyan pathologist charged for stealing a corpse heart
Pathologist, Dr. Moses Njue charged with stealing a corpse heart

The court had earlier rejected an application by Dr Njue to defer the plea arguing Mr Muumbo’s relatives, had filed a petition before the High Court, seeking to compel him to release the body part. According to Dr Njue, the trial will prejudice the High Court case.

On the other hand, Mureithi was not in court and Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi issued summons for him to appear in court and answer to the charges before the hearing date on July 3.

However, after denying the charges, the court ordered Dr Njue to deposit cash bail of Sh300,000 to secure his release.

Another family in Meru County complained that they buried their relative without the heart after Dr Njue performed an autopsy to establish the cause of his death.

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The DPP had recommended that Dr Njue, who resigned from the government a few years ago to work at his own medical school, be charged with theft of body parts belonging to Benedict Karau.

Mr Karau died mysteriously on March 2, 2015 and Dr Njue was set to be charged with three counts including theft contrary to section 275 of the penal code, willful destruction of evidence and illegal removal of body parts contrary to the Anatomy Act.

But Dr Njue rushed to court and obtained orders obtained an anticipatory bail and filed a petition seeking to block the charges.

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