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A British aristocrat whose son died in Kenyan police custody made a fresh appeal to the country’s president to help bring his killers to justice.
On the eve of the first anniversary of Alexander’s death, his father Nicholas called for reforms, including a witness protection programme, to ensure those responsible will be made to face up to their crimes.
The 28-year-old former Marlborough schoolboy died hours after being detained by police in the coastal town of Diani on suspicion of possessing marijuana.
A postmortem examination revealed he had been hit over the head with a blunt instrument causing a massive blood clot on his brain. His body also showed evidence of defensive wounds to his arm and an injury from a boot to another part of his body.
On Sunday, his father, the 12th Baron Monson, and his daughter Isabella, 26, will mark the first anniversary of his death with a special lunch with his close friends in London.
Lord Monson said the family, including his former Hilary, 59, who Alexander was living with at the time of his death, have had their loss compounded by a lack of action by the police to arrest anyone over his death. He said they are all still very much in the “eye of the storm”.
“Hilary has been very strong, all things considered,” he said. “I am full of admiration for her. As a mother the intensity of loss for her is obviously of a greater dimension. Isabella was exceptionally close to Alexander, so emotionally it has been a bumpy passage for her this last year, to put it mildly.
“What happened in that police station last year robbed a young man of his life and a family of their happiness. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that the sun will never shine as brightly again. It has been tough on all of us.”
Earlier this week, the 57-year-old sent a letter to Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, asking for his help in ensuring the police officers, who he believes killed his son, face prosecution.
A new body, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority has now been set up and has promised it will investigate the case.
But Lord Monson, from Chelsea, said: “The intention of the executives of this body is no doubt sincere. Have they either the powers or the resources to bring about such an outcome? That entirely depends on whether President Kenyatta gives the body the support it needs. For a start that means a credible witness protection programme.”
He added: “I hope the IPOA will deliver what it set out to do.
“I know who did this, there are witnesses, but they are just to scared to talk. There is a lot of fear.”
He said: “Ultimately it is down to the will of President Kenyatta. His advisers should tell him he will be badly judged if he lets those responsible continue to get away with this heinous crime and the hundreds of others the Kenyan police commit with abandon.”