Death of former Royal Marine in Kenya ‘unexplained’ inquest hears

Benjamin Ryalls
Former Royal Marine Benjamin Ryalls died in Kenya in 2012.

An inquest has heard how a former Royal Marine who was working on anti-piracy security died after a night ashore in Kenya in unexplained circumstances.

The family of 34 year old Benjamin Ryalls, who was described as being fit and healthy when he died in a tuk-tuk on the way to his ship in Mombasa in 2012, have said they felt they had been “fobbed off” by the British government  who they described as “inept” and claim that Kenyan authorities withheld information and toxicology results.

Mr Ryalls’ 71 year old father said the family want closure and vowed to “never give up,” in his search to uncover what happened to his son. 

He questioned whether his son, who had been working off the coast of Somalia at the time, had been “drugged and robbed in a nightclub” before a taxi ride back to his ship and told the inquest that a taxi driver had been seen holding his son’s wallet from which a considerable amount of money had been taken.

The inquest heard that Mr Ryalls, from Bideford, north Devon, had served in the Royal Marines for seven years including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A post-mortem examination by British pathologist Dr Amanda Jeffery could not ascertain the cause of death and Exeter coroner Philip Spinney said no injuries were found on the body, adding that attempts to engage with the Kenyan authorities had proved unsuccessful.

The coroner added there was no evidence the former commando had been assaulted and recorded an open conclusion

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