LGBTQ activist Edwin Kiprotich alias Chiloba was choked with socks in his mouth, according to government pathologist Dr. Johansen Oduor.
One of the suspects in the death last week of prominent Kenyan LGBTQ rights campaigner Edwin Chiloba is his roommate with whom he is believed to have been in (a) close relationship, the police said
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, January 11, Dr. Oduor affirmed that the late fashion model was also stuffed with jeans in his mouth.
He later died after losing breath.
Chiloba's body was found in a metal box after being dumped out of a vehicle. His death sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ community in Kenya, where homosexuality is taboo and gay sex is punishable by 14 years in prison, although that law is rarely enforced.
"We did an autopsy on the body of Edwin Kiprotich and we found that he died from choking as a result of his nose and mouth being sealed.
"He could not breathe and died shortly after. The first thing we found was that his mouth and nose was stuffed with jeans. There was also socks in his mouth," he noted.
A police affidavit released by a court in Chiloba's hometown of Eldoret on Monday said he is believed to have died in the home he shared with one of the suspects, Jacktone Odhiambo.
He, however, dispelled rumours that his eyes were gouged out but affirmed the decomposition of the body. Oduor pointed out that they were analyzing a sample to find out if the model was drugged.
It said Odhiambo and four other suspects "as per their statements, helped in moving, loading and probably dumping of the metallic box carrying the remains of the deceased from the vehicle".
"We did not find any injuries in his body and we are still investigating if he was given drugs so that he could not resist his abductors.
"The eyes were still there but the body had begun decomposing."
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