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November 14, 2018

Sharon died from excessive bleeding, may have been raped – autopsy

Sharon's mother Melida Auma in tears after she arrived at Rachuonyo level 4 hospital to witness her daughter's autopsy, September 7,2018. /ROBERT OMOLLO
Sharon's mother Melida Auma in tears after she arrived at Rachuonyo level 4 hospital to witness her daughter's autopsy, September 7,2018. /ROBERT OMOLLO

Rongo University student Sharon Otieno died from excessive bleeding, government pathologist Johansen Oduor has said.

Oduor also revealed that autopsy results indicated that the 2nd year medical records student may have been raped before her murder.

The government pathologist said the bleeding was caused by a total of eight stab wounds.

“She was stabbed three times on the neck, four times on the back and on the left side of the abdomen,” Oduor said.

He said the victim’s body also had signs of strangulation and bruises that suggested she attempted to fight back her killers.

Oduor spoke on Friday night at the end of the postmortem examination on Sharon’s body at the Rachonywo Level Four Hospital in Homa Bay County.

Migori governor Okoth Obado, who has been mentioned widely over the murder, was represented by a private pathologist and lawyer Cliff Ombeta.

Sharon’s family was also represented by a private pathologist after they requested for one.

Oduor said the stab wound on Sharon's abdomen went through to the back, piercing the unborn baby in the process.

Read: Detectives consider DNA test in probe into Sharon’s murder

Sharon was seven months pregnant at the time of her death, her family told the press. 

“It means that the baby also died from the same injuries that the late Sharon sustained," Oduor said.

The pathologist said samples have been taken for further analysis by the government chemist to enable medical detectives unravel the mystery behind the gruesome murder and help with leads to catch her killers.

Sharon was abducted on Monday alongside Nation journalist Barack Oduor from a Hotel in Rongo.

The journalist, however, managed to escape by jumping out of a moving vehicle and seeking help.

He told reporters that they were lured into the abduction by Governor Obado’s personal assistant, Michael Oyamo, who is currently in custody.

Sharon’s body was discovered two days later on Wednesday near Kodera Forest, Homa Bay County.

Read: Sharon's family speaks as Obado denies part in her murder

Also read; State pledges thorough probe into Sharon Otieno's murder

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