A postmortem result by the chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor reveals that court of appeal judge Otieno Odek died as a result of a clot in the vein of his right leg.
“The clot chocked the heart. The cause of death is pulmonary thromboembolism,” Oduor said at Kisumu’s Aga Khan Hospital on Tuesday.
The judge, 53, was on Monday 16th December 2019 found face-up naked in his bed, with a blanket drawn up below his chest. Three sex-enhancing tablets, in a packet of six, had been taken but it was not known by whom or when, a police report said then.
Odek was lying with one hand behind his head. Blood was oozing from his private parts and from his left ear and a hand was bruised, a police source who broke into the house said. It had been locked from inside.
The judge stayed alone at serviced Groovehut Apartments, a stone’s throw from the Kisumu Central police station.
The postmortem was conducted alongside Directorate of Criminal Investigations officials.
The first police report stated that Justice Odek had bruises on his right arm, but police were quick to dismiss it stating ‘there were no signs of struggle in the apartment’.
The main cause of the clot is injuries to the legs.
“But for Justice Odek, I think blood became static because of prolonged sitting. Being a Judge his work involves a lot of sitting. It is a risk factor,” Oduor said.
Last week, the postmortem scheduled on Thursday was postponed following the directive by Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti.
Kinoti directed that the exercise be done in the presence of Oduor who was not available by then.
The judge’s family said they had been informed that the postmortem must be conducted by a person of Oduor’s stature.
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