The eldest son of a British tycoon who mysteriously died in Mombasa, has told an inquest into his death that he was poisoned to stop him from marrying another woman in Kenya.
At the inquest into the death of Harry Veevers, his son Richard told the court that after marrying his second wife, Ms Ezra Parvenu Din, his father liquidated his assets in the United Kingdom and proceeded to settle in Kenya, where he bought property. However, his step-mother appeared very controlling and tried to stop the pair communicating.
“My step-mother would all along receive my calls whenever I telephoned my father to prevent me from communicating with him,” he said.
He told the inquest that in September 2012, his father had visited him in the UK where he told him of his plans to leave his second wife and remarry another Kenyan woman, whom he planned to have children with.
“This shocked me because after his divorce 25 years ago (from) my mother, Mrs Marvis Florence Veevers, he vowed never to marry again,” Mr Veevers told the inquest.
His father also told his eldest son that he believed his Kenyan family were trying to poison him.
To see if there was any evidence of this, he took Mr Veevers to Seven Sisters Hospital in Wales where tests showed he had some symptoms of poisoning.
Later that year, while at a work party in the UK he told his step-sister, Ms Alexandra Veevers, of their father’s plans. He alleges that she swore to kill their father if he married another woman.
Then, in a telephone call from his sister, UK resident Ms Alison Thacker, he was informed his father had passed away on February 14, 2013.
“I then had to travel to Kenya only to find his body at the mortuary with a copy of a burial permit obtained by my step-mother, Mrs Azra Parveen Deen, and Dr Salim Omar,” he said.
The inquest also heard that Dr Omar had informed Mr Veevers that his father died of an illness while undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
Me Veevers said that following enquiries at the hospital’s administration, they could find no record to indicate that he was admitted as a patient before he died.
“Certainly, he must have died in his Nyali apartment and was secretly ferried to Pandya Memorial Hospital mortuary without the knowledge of the police,” Mr Veevers told the inquest in Shanzu.
This led Richard Veevers to believe there was a conspiracy to kill his father which could have been carried out by his step-family, who lived with him in Mombasa, allegedly in collaboration with Dr Omar.
“These also include my two step-sisters, Ms Alexandra Azra Veevers and Helen Azra Veevers,” he told the inquest.
Suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his father’s death, he decided to report the matter to the Bamburi Police Station to establish the cause of death. They referred him to the Nyali OCS.
“However, a post-mortem was not carried out and he was maliciously buried in a Muslim cemetery despite him being a staunch Christian,” he said.
They did finally manage to get a post-mortem after his father’s remains were exhumed in 2014 and results indicated he had died of cyanide poisoning.
Mr Veevers also told the court that in November last year, his step-family assaulted him at his father’s Nyali bungalow when he tried to inquire about some documents and stolen properties.
“That is when I also discovered marijuana had been grown inside the Nyali bungalow and I then took pictures of it and reported to police,” he said.
Police subsequently raided the house and recovered the bhang, which was taken to the government chemist, where it was tested and the results confirmed it was marijuana.
Later in the afternoon, the magistrate disqualified herself from hearing the inquest after one of the lawyers questioned the court’s integrity.
Mr William Mogaka, representing the deceased’s wife, alleged that the court clerk “was directly involved in the case”.
He claimed that he had photographs to prove his claims including interaction and threats against Ms Ezra Parveen Din.
He also claimed that the same clerk was threatening one of his clients who is considered to be suspect in the murder of the deceased.
Ms Kwena directed the inquest file be taken to Mombasa Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi to allocate another magistrate.