Aristocrat Denies Murder of Kenya Game Warden
Howden, Daniel, The Independent (London, England)
The fatal shooting of a Kenya Wildlife Service warden at an estate owned by British aristocrats, the Delameres, has reignited interest in one of Kenya's oldest colonial families.
Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley, son of the fifth Baron Delamere and a Kenyan citizen, denies murdering Samson Ole Sisina, who was investigating the illegal trade in bush meat at the Delamere farm near Naivasha this month.
Yesterday, in the high court in Nakuru, north-west of Nairobi, Mr Cholmondeley, 37, stood impassively in cream trousers, blue jacket and blue shirt and tie for the hour-long hearing. He was remanded in custody until 6 May by Judge Muga Apondi. The maximum sentence for murder in Kenya is life imprisonment without parole.
Fifteen Masai elders outside the building shouted protests when they saw Mr Cholmondeley being driven to court in the comfort of the front seat of a police Land Rover. Normally, suspects are taken to court in the back of a truck.
'This is not justice; why is he being treated differently from anyone else?' one of the elders shouted, claiming the farmer was being treated leniently because he was a wealthy white.
The case has stirred echoes of the colonial era of White Mischief, because Baron Delamare's stepmother was Diana, Lady Delamere, who outraged white Kenyan society in the 1940s by her love affair with the Earl of Erroll. His murder in …
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Publication information: Article title: Aristocrat Denies Murder of Kenya Game Warden. Contributors: Howden, Daniel - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 29, 2005. Page number: 39. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.