Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru was murdered, pathologist tells court

A 2011 photo of Samuel Wanjiru's mother Hannah Wanjiru at the balcony which her son is said to have fallen from. Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru was murdered at his Nyahururu home, an inquest into the circumstances surrounding his death was told on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Pathologist said the athlete was hit shortly after he jumped or after being pushed off the balcony, and may have died on impact from the blunt object, the pathologist said.
  • The doctor said the “height from which Mr Wanjiru fell was not enough, scientifically, to generate the momentum to kill him.”
  • He said the earlier report that Mr Wanjiru jumped out of his balcony, was picked while still alive and taken to hospital where he died within an hour was doubtful.
  • The doctor said the impact of the blunt strike against the skull would have caused instantaneous immobility meaning Mr Wanjiru’s assailants accosted him outside immediately.

Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru was murdered at his Nyahururu home, a court inquest was told on Tuesday.

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