4 Kenyan police officers appear in court accused of killing British aristocrat’s son

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

The trial began on Tuesday in Mombasa for four Kenyan policemen accused of killing Alexander Monson, the 28-year-old son of a British aristocrat, in police custody in 2012.

After being arrested for what police claimed was smoking cannabis during a night out in Diani, the son of Nicholas, the 12th Baron Monson, was found dead in his cell. 

Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba are accused of killing the son of the 12th Baron Monson.They have denied the charges.

Although police claimed Monson died of an overdose, his mother Hilary Monson told the court that her son was a drug addict at the time of his death.

Although Hussein Khalid, director of the local rights group Haki Africa, expressed concerns that the case had taken so long to be heard in court, he said: “It´s a good example for the country that finally people who were one way or another involved in the death of an innocent person while in police custody are now standing trial.”

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