Lewa Settles UK Elephant Victim Case Out of Court

A civil suit in which a British diplomat’s wife sustained serious injuries after an attacked by a rogue elephant has been settled for an undisclosed sum.

Wendy Martin was on holiday with her husband and three children when she was gored so badly by a rampaging elephant that her intestines were left hanging out | Photo: DailyMail

In a statement, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said the matter had been settled out of court and Mrs Wendy Martin had agreed to withdraw an appeal filed in court.

In a brief statement, Lewa’ chief executive Mike Watson said: “On February 10, 2014, Il Ngwesi Company Ltd, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ian Craig settled for an undisclosed sum the damages awarded to Mrs Martin and withdrew their appeal. This brings to an end the legal proceedings in the case.’’

Mrs Martin had sued the Il Ngwesi Co Ltd, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ian Craig over injuries sustained following the attack.

On June 2, 2000, Mrs Martin, 48, her two friends and a guide were taking an early morning jog when a lone bull elephant suddenly appeared prompting one of their guides to instruct them to run for dear.

Mrs Martin took off but fell before she could get far.

In her evidence before Lady Justice Mary Ang’awa, Mrs Martin said the two tonne animal caught up with her and dragged her on the ground for some distance.

“It then lifted her up and threw her to the ground. Twice she felt its huge tusk pierced her torso and her right leg. The other tusk went through her back. Her pelvis was also ruptured,” the court heard.

After being rescued in a coma she was flown to Nairobi Hospital for treatment where she regained consciousness before being flown to Britain for specialised treatment.

She underwent 15 to 20 surgical operations. The judge, who has since left the Judiciary, observed that the elephant crushed Mrs Martin’s pelvis.

“I am satisfied with the evidence before this court that the plaintiff sustained serious injuries,” she said before proceeding to award her Sh65 million.

Mrs Martin had sued Il Ngwesi Company Ltd and its owner Ian Craig but they had denied liability.

Il Ngwesi opened in 1996 and was the first lodge in Africa to be owned and run by the local community.

It is situated strategically on 40,000 acres of wild country in Laikipa, Central Kenya.

– Business Daily