Inquest into death of young British aristocrat to deliver verdict today

Alexander Monson
28-year-old Alexander Monson died in 2012.

Six years ago, young British aristocrat Alexander Monson died while in police custody and today, his family should finally find out whether the police officers who they believe were responsible for his death will face justice.

The 28-year-old son of Lord Monson died in May 2012 following his arrest in the coastal town of Diani and the inquest into his death is due to deliver its verdict, although his father fears the outcome will not bring justice.

According to a post-mortem report, Alexander had suffered “blunt force trauma” to the head along with bruising to his genitals and his left arm, which his family say is evidence of him being beaten by police.

Officers have claimed that Alexander, who was educated at Wiltshire private boarding school Marlborough College, died after a drug overdose after arrested on suspicion of smoking a joint outside a nightclub. The police also claimed his head injury was a result of Monson falling over in the police station.

However, toxicology reports found no trace of drugs in his system but Lord Monson is sceptical that the magistrate will condemn the police.

“I would be astonished if the magistrate condemns the police on Tuesday. There will be intolerable pressure on him. The police in Kenya are arrogant and out of control.”

Lord Monson has also called for a review into how some of Britain’s foreign aid budget is used in Kenya to finance Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

In a letter to foreign secretary Boris Johnson, Monson wrote: “The irony is that the IPOA is a well-meaning British initiative, bankrolled through our foreign-aid budget. So it’s the British taxpayer who has been underwriting the lies which my family have had to dismantle, an example of foreign aid going badly wrong.”