The inquest into the death of British aristocrat Alexander Monson has reached its conclusion with the four police officers who made final contact with the him set to be charged with his murder.
British peer Lord Nicholas Monson’s 28-year-old son died from blunt force trauma to the head after he was arrested in a car outside a Diani nightclub in May 2012.
Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo named four officers as suspects in the young Briton’s death, stating it was neither natural nor drug related as claimed by the police at the time.
In his ruling, which was read on his behalf by Mombasa chief magistrate Julius Nangea, Mr Odenyo noted that the officers tried to bring up a narrative that he died from drug overdose, althought pathologists disagreed, stating they believed the cause of death was intra cranial pressure caused by a blunt object inflicted between 2am and 4am while he was in custody.
“The police should state what caused the trauma, the deceased had a right to life,” said Mr Odenyo, adding that a copy of the ruling will be forwarded to the DPP.
Mr Monson’s family welcomed verdict, saying justice has been done and commenting on his Twitter feed, the UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey said he welcomed the clear conclusion of the inquest into Alexander’s death.
“I look forward to quick and thorough further investigations by the Kenyan authorities. The UK High Commission has been supporting Mr Monson’s family since his death in 2012 and will continue to do all we can for them,” Mr Hailey added.
Hussein Khalid of Mombasa based human rights organisation HAKI Africa commended the decision by the court to charge the police officers for the Mr Monson’s death.
“Today’s ruling by Magistrate Richard Odenyo is a landmark ruling and justice for the late son of Lord Monsoon of the United Kingdom.”
“Having worked with the family over the years on this matter, HAKI Africa will continue to seek justice and ensure the court’s decision to charge the officers is implemented as soon as possible,” he added.