A 64 year old British property tycoon from Rochdale was allegedly fatally poisoned by his wife on Valentine’s Day at their home in Kenya, after he said he was leaving her for another woman.
Harry Veevers died on February 14, 2013 at his home near Mombasa, reportedly of a heart attack and stroke.
In interviews with local media, the Mr Veevers’ son Richard, a martial arts instructor from Halifax, is reported as saying his father’s health was previously good and he and his brother Philip had been “surprised” to learn he had died of a heart attack.
The brothers’ suspicions were aroused when their father’s second wife, Azra Parvin Din, tried to block them from seeing their father’s body, buried him just three days after he died, and barred them from the house.
However, when they did manage to spend a few moments alone with the body at the mortuary, the sons became increasingly concerned after noticing red and purple marks on their father’s body.
They also learnt that a doctor called to attend to Mr Veevers had said that he was foaming at the mouth moments before he died.
This led army medical technician Philip to suspect his father had been poisoned.
On Tuesday (20 October), an inquest resumed in Mombasa into the death with evidence from Mr Veevers’ son Philip.
According to the Star newspaper, Philip claims that Mr Veevers’ wife, Azra, became agitated when asked why the body wasn’t taken for a post-mortem.
He says she explained that “Muslim bodies are not taken for post-mortem,” which puzzled him as their father had never converted to Islam.
The two brothers obtained a court order to exhume the body, and the following January an autopsy was performed which confirmed the presence of cyhalothrin, a highly-toxic pesticide normally used to control insects in cotton crops.
They allege that their stepmother, together with the couple’s two daughters, Helen, 25 and Alexandra, 23 poisoned their father with a pesticide after he announced he was leaving, and the crime was covered up by corrupt Kenyan police officers.
Richard Veevers told the inquest his father had complained that Miss Din and her children were slowly poisoning him and that he was in love with another woman in Kenya whom he wished to marry.
He also told the court that his step-sister Alexandra said she would kill their father if he left them.
Among the documents handed to the coroner handed was a letter to Kenya’s director of public prosecutions dated November 2, 3013 in which Richard Veevers alleges that “corrupt police” had demanded a bribe to exhume his father’s body and helped “cover up” his murder.
“After the exhumation order was issued our client, Richard Veevers was closely monitored and put under surveillance of CID and was followed everywhere”, stated the brothers’ lawyer, Kinywa Muyaa.
“We set out this background to show you that those who murdered Harry Roy Veervers are afraid of the results of the post-mortem. Our clients are justified to believe that the police have been corrupted to cover up the murder and put up pressure upon them to stop their clamour for exhumation of the body.”
A report compiled by Keriako Tobiko, the Kenyan director of the public prosecution, recorded the suspicions of Mr Veevers’ two sons and recommended murder charges be brought against Mrs Din and her daughters, all believed to be British nationals, who are also registered at an address in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
“I find that there is enough evidence to have the suspect answer a charge of murder contrary to section 204 as read with section 204 of the penal code cap 63 laws of Kenya,” he wrote.