Senior BATUK officer dies while visiting Kenyan girlfriend in Laikipia

British Army Training Unit (Kenya). Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

Mystery surrounds the cause of death of a senior British soldier stationed at a training camp in Kenya who collapsed and died while visiting his girlfriend at her home on Saturday evening (12 August).

42-year-old 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards Sergeant David Jones, who was stationed with the British Army Training Camp Kenya (BATUK), reportedly complained of a headache shortly before his death in front of his 22-year-old partner, Joyce Nyakinyua, in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.

When police arrived on the scene to retrieve the Sergeant’s body, they had to fire shots into the air to disperse a crowd that had formed to allow the body to be retrieved from the apartment.

“We can confirm that Sergeant David Jones from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has died while off duty in Kenya.

“Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and our deepest condolences go out to them at this most difficult time.

“The full circumstances of the soldier’s death are under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.” – Army spokesperson

According to Laikipia East police boss James Kithuka, Jones was the long term partner of Nyakinyua. According to Nairobi News, she “wailed uncontrollably” as the body was taken away.

Neighbours told police that Jones was a frequent visitor his girlfriend’s home when off duty, and his car was often seen outside when he stayed the night.

“He told the longtime girlfriend that he had a severe headache before vomiting. He later collapsed and died.” – Laikipia East police boss James Kithuka

Police also said confirmed they found prescription drugs on Jones. However, Kithuka dismissed claims in the local media that these were sexual enhancement medication and said they were most likely to be painkillers.

His body is believed to have been taken by a British Army ambulance to Nairobi before being returned to the UK.