Photographer who died in Kenya ‘gave no impression his life was in danger’
Posted by Administrator on March 13, 2012
A British-educated photographer who fell to his death from the balcony of his Kenyan girlfriend’s flat was “full of energy” and gave no impression he feared that his life was in danger, one of the last of his clients to see him alive has said.
Charlie Grieves-Cook, 37, spent the day before he died photographing an advertising campaign for an insurance company, and was “a complete professional”, said Nashipae Orumoy-Mohamed, the firm’s marketing director.
“He was fantastic, he took his time, he set everything up perfectly and we really couldn’t have asked for a more completely professional approach,” she said.
“It was the first time we’d worked with him, and we were very impressed. None of us could believe it when we heard the news that he’d died.” There was “no suggestion at all” that he was distracted or was afraid that he was in any danger, Mrs Orumoy-Mohamed said.
Police are investigating whether a jealous ex-boyfriend of Diana Nekoye, Mr Grieves-Cook’s 24-year-old girlfriend, may have hired hit men to try to injure or kill him.
He died on March 3 after he fell 40ft from Miss Nekoye’s balcony after fleeing from gunmen who forced their way into her flat in a rundown suburb of the Kenyan capital, close to its largest slum.
A week after his death, she posted earlier photographs of the two of them on her Facebook page, with the caption, “Stubborn man, I hope the angels make you in charge, otherwise”.
Friends of Miss Nekoye, who was a model and documentary producer, said that it would be “very, very odd” if it was found that there was anything suspicious in Mr Grieves-Cook’s death.
They, and his father, Jake Grieves-Cook, a well-known Kenyan tour operator, have said that the attack was a robbery that went wrong.
“All of this suspicion over supposed former boyfriends of Dee’s is completely wrong,” said one close friend of Miss Nekoye’s.
“It was a robbery, simple. She didn’t live in the best part of town, and people would have seen him coming and going now and again. We’re pretty sure that they were just watching for their opportunity, and sadly they took it.
“Any other explanation would be very, very odd. It just doesn’t fit.”
Detectives have said that they were working on two theories: that it was a bungled burglary targeting a white man because he was assumed to be wealthy, or potentially a spurned lover of Miss Nekoye’s.
“These two are still our main focus,” said a senior officer working with the investigation team.
Mr Grieves-Cook was born and raised in Kenya, but educated in Britain, including at Hurstpierpoint College in West Sussex. He returned to Nairobi in 1998 to begin a career as a photographer.
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