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Police probe death of wife of Garden City mall boss

Police are investigating the death of a Colombian woman whose body was found at her home in Nairobi’s upmarket Muthangari Estate.

Ms Atehortua Maria, 43, is suspected to have committed suicide.

She is the wife of James Coulsojn, 47, the managing director of Garden City shopping mall.

He told police that he left home at 7.30am on Wednesday, and returned 15 minutes later after dropping their children at school.

“He found the bathroom locked. He tried to call her but she did not answer. He took a spare key and unlocked the door only to find the body hanging with a rope around the neck. He called their private doctor who pronounced her dead,” according to a police report.

It added: “The information from the husband and neighbours indicates that she has been suffering from depression for a while.”

Garden City also issued a short statement mourning Maria.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the tragic passing of the wife of our Managing Director,” read the statement in part.

“We share heartfelt condolences with him and his family at this tragic time and ask everyone to please respect the family’s privacy.”