Alexander Monson: Four Kenyan cops found guilty of his manslaughter

Four Kenyan policemen found guilty of manslaughter over death of Alexander Monson, British aristocrat’s son found dead custody in 2012

Four Kenyan policemen have been found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a British aristocrat’s son who died in their custody in 2012.

Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba were convicted Monday of killing Alexander Monson, 28, at a police station in Mombasa almost a decade ago.

Alexander, son of Nicholas the 12th Baron Monson, had been arrested in the early hours of May 19 for smoking cannabis while on a night out in the resort town of Diani.

He was in ‘good health’ as police took him away, but officers phoned his father later the same day to tell him that Alexander had died – ostensibly of a drug overdose.

That sparked a years-long fight by the Monsons to find out who was responsible for Alexander’s death and bring them to justice, which now appears near its end.  

Alexander Monson (pictured right with mother Hilary and sister Isabella in 2007) died in police custody in Kenya in 2012. Four officers have now been found guilty of his manslaughter

Kenyan High Court judge Eric Ogola issued the guilty verdict at Mombasa court today, accusing police of a ‘cover-up’ of Alexander’s death.

‘Drugs were planted on the deceased after his death as a cover up,’ said Ogola, adding that Monson was in perfect health prior to his arrival at the station and that he was ‘brutally tortured’ while there. 

More to follow… 

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