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Shakahola Cult: Autopsy reveals some believers were strangled to death.

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Pathologists examining 110 bodies recovered from Shakahola Forest on Tuesday May 2 have conducted 30 tests and 27 DNA tests for families looking for their loved ones who are believed to be followers of suspected cult leader Paul Mackenzie.

This makes the total number of autopsies reached 40 since the exercise by government pathologists, DCI homicide detectives, government chemists and forensic experts began on Monday, May 1.

Chief Pathologist Johansen Oduor, giving a daily report in the mortuary of the Malindi Sub-county Hospital where the excavation is ongoing, said the operation went quickly because they started early in the morning unlike the first day when they had several issues. .

Paul Mackenzie

“So, we were able to do an autopsy on about 30 bodies and I will read you the autopsy statistics,” he said.

Autopsy revelations

Oduor said out of the 30 investigations, eight were men while 22 were women, adding that there were 15 adults and 9 children.

He said there were six adults who were sleeping between a man and a woman but they could not be identified due to the level of decay and bones.

The pathologist said most of the bodies were badly decomposed except for a few which were partially decomposed.

Regarding the cause of death, Oduor said they have discovered that most of them died of starvation.

“20 of the operations we performed had signs of starvation, there are six in which we could not determine the cause of death due to extensive rotting, so it was very difficult for us to know what caused their death because they were very bad. .” broken,” he says.

Choking, choking

He said one of them – a child – had head trauma while three of them had suffocated, a sign that they did not have oxygen.

Of the three, he said they clearly saw that one had a mark on the neck of a person who had been strangled with broken neck muscles and bones.

“So we are sure that this person who was a child was also hanged,” he said.

Oduor said two other people suffered from gonorrhea, a stage where a person closes a person’s nose and mouth so that they cannot breathe until they die.

He said there were relatives who came to take DNA and they succeeded in taking 27 DNA to match with the DNA they took from the deceased and to help identify their deceased relatives.

The pathologist said the person who was hanged was an 11-year-old woman while the two who suffocated were adults, a male and a female.

He said that since they succeeded in conducting an examination of 30 dead bodies, they plan to do that number on Wednesday and complete the examination by Thursday.

“By Thursday we can do what we are doing here to go back to the scene when everything is in order, we will start the excavation process again,” he said.

When asked about concerns expressed by human rights organizations about being denied access to the process, the pathologist said they are not needed there as they may be traumatized.

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