A Kenyan High Court judge Eric Ogola on Monday at a hearing in the coastal city of Mombasa found four Kenyan policemen guilty of manslaughter in the death of the son of a British aristocrat.
Alexander Monson, 28, was found dead in a police cell in the beach town of Diani in 2012 after being arrested for smoking cannabis according to the police during a night out in Diani, near Mombasa on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast.
“The 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.
Two reports by government pathologists concluded that Monson had died after suffering a traumatic blow to the head.
The four policemen are Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba.
Monson was the son of Nicholas, the 12th Baron Monson and heir to a family estate in Lincolnshire in eastern England.