Kenyan policemen jailed for the death of a British aristocrat

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A Kenyan court has jailed four police officers for the manslaughter of British aristocrat Alexander Monson, who died in custody after being arrested in Mombasa in 2012.

Judge Eric Ogola ruled that Monson was brutally tortured and planted with cannabis after his death.

He said the officers covered up what happened to the 28-year-old.

Monson was the son of Lord Nicholas Monson and heir to the family estate in Lincolnshire.

He moved to Kenya in 2008 to live with his mother.

The four officers were sentenced to prison terms of between nine and 15 years, but in any case they were suspended between five and six years.

Police arrested him for allegedly smoking cannabis in the seaside town of Diani in May 2012.

Police initially said Monson had died of an overdose, but an investigation was found in June 2018 he had died of a head injury.

Toxicology reports showed that he had no drugs in his system at the time.

“The drugs were planted on the deceased after his death as a cover,” Judge Ogola said, adding that Monson was in good health prior to his arrival at the station.

He added that those who brutally tortured Monson were known to the four policemen: Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba.

He said the court had not been able to find out who they were due to the “code of silence in the police force”.

“I am convinced that the death of the deceased was caused by an unlawful omission on the part of the accused for not having sought medical care for the deceased in good time”, ruled Judge Ogola.

His father, who arrived in Kenya over the weekend, his mother and several family members were in court for the sentence.

Alexander Monson’s mother Hilary Monson, pictured with husband John Lockhart Mure, was present at the Mombasa court

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