A Kenyan court has sentenced four police officers to jail for the manslaughter of British aristocrat Alexander Monson.
Kenyan High Court Judge Eric Ogola sentenced Naftali Chege, Charles Wangomba Munyiri, Baraka Buluma, and John Pamba to a total of 48 years in prison, but suspended between five and six years in each case.
Alexander, the 28-year-old son of Lord Nicholas Monson and heir to the family estate in Lincolnshire in eastern England, was found dead in his cell after police arrested him in May 2012 for allegedly smoking cannabis in the beach town of Diani.
Police initially said that Alexander died of drug overdose, but toxicology reports found that he had no drugs in his system at the time.
Reports by government pathologists found that Alexander died from a head injury.
“The drugs were planted on the deceased after his death as a cover-up,” Ogola said.
Ogola added that the four police officers knew who “brutally tortured” Alexander, but their identities could not be confirmed due to “the code of silence in the police force.”
“I am satisfied that the death of the deceased was caused through unlawful omission on the part of the accused persons for failing to seek medical care for the deceased in good time,” Ogola said at the hearing in the costal city of Mombasa.
The case shed light on police brutality in Kenya where human rights organizations have documented hundreds of killings over the years by police officers.
© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.