LGBTQ activist Edwin Kiprotich Kiptoo alias Chiloba died out of smothering, an autopsy revealed Wednesday.
He had blockage of the mouth and the nose which caused him to lack oxygen.
Chief government pathologist Dr. Johansen Oduor said he died of smothering which is the shortage of oxygen.
Dr. Oduor said the body was decomposed but during the exercise, they discovered pieces of clothes and socks stuffed in the mouth.
The pathologist said they found three pairs of socks stuffed in the mouth of the deceased.
He said at the time of death the deceased was not getting enough oxygen in his brain which was swollen.
Some injuries were also found in the mouth indicating he was being hit by his attackers.
Oduor spoke at the Moi Referral Hospital after an autopsy exercise that took more than three hours.
Dr. Oduor said they had taken samples from the body for further testing and analysis.
The family of the deceased requires counseling because they are going through a difficult time following the death of Chiloba, he said.
Five suspects appeared before an Eldoret court Monday over the murder of Chiloba.
They include three underage suspects.
Senior Principal Richard Odenyo granted the police plea to hold them for 21 days in order to facilitate the completion of investigations.
The five include Jacktone Odhiambo who is the prime suspect.
Prior to his death of deceased had hanged out with Jacktone at some places where CCTV was yet to be retrieved for forensic examination.
He said the mobile phone used by the deceased was yet to be recovered.
Jacktone briefly told the court that he was not familiar with the faces of those he was in court with and that his family will not survive if he was not released on bond.
“I request to be released on bond so that I continue with my work to support my family,” he said.
The case will be mentioned on January 31, 2023.