An autopsy on the body of legendary journalist Gatonye Gathura revealed that he died as a result of injuries to the back of the head and strangling.
The journalist, whose corpse was discovered discarded along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road last month, died as a result of a lack of oxygen to his brain induced by strangling with a laptop cord.
Dr Titus Ngulungu, a government pathologist, performed a postmortem on the deceased’s body on Monday in Naivasha Subcounty Hospital Mortuary, accompanied by family.
According to the pathologist, the perpetrators used a wire that was wrapped around the victim’s neck, depriving him oxygen and causing his death.
The doctor told the reporters after the autopsy that there was also a blunt object damage to the back of the skull.
“There was a struggle which saw the deceased hit with a blunt object at the back of the head as the killers used the wire to kill him,” he said.
Ngulungu added that it was not clear as to how many days the body could have stayed in the bushes before members of the public spotted it.
A nephew to the deceased, Lawrence Nderu, said they were still struggling to understand the motive behind the murder. He termed the death as beastly, saying that his uncle died a very painful death as he tried to fight off the killers.
Flanked by relatives, Nderu said that they would lay to rest the journalist at his family’s home in Tigoni, Limuru, on Thursday.
“The postmortem has proven our fears that Gatonye was murdered through strangulation and we hope those responsible will never have peace,” he said.
The body that had a wire around the neck was found dumped near Kihoto estate on October 26 and booked in the mortuary as unknown male until last week when it was identified.
The family only came to learn of the death after police collected his fingerprints which were positively identified by the registrar of persons.
Before his death, Gatonye was a contributor for the Standard newspaper, and ran a website called “Rocket science’ that focussed on reproductive and mental health.
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