Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Justice at Last in Kenya's Trial of the Expat Cad

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Justice at Last in Kenya's Trial of the Expat Cad

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Byline: Liza Campbell

YESTERDAY, after three years on remand, the Hon Tom Cholmondeley was sentenced to eight months for the manslaughter of Robert Njoya. The heir to the Delamere title has offered great dollops of class-riddled prurience to the press.

Cholmondeley, an Old Etonian, is burdened with an absurdly pompous surname and is the grandson of Diana Delamere, the society beauty over whom her then husband, Sir Jock Delves-Broughton, shot the Earl of Errol, her handsome lover, in 1941.

The case was never proved but Delves-Broughton returned to England and committed suicide, and Diana, in turn, went on to marry Lord Delamere, one of Kenya's oldest established grandee landowners.

Even 70 years on it is a case that still haunts Kenyan expatriate society exposing, as it did, a spoilt existence of feckless people in an impoverished country while the rest of Europe was suffering the privations of war.

If this bloodline wasn't exciting enough, at 6ft 5in, with thin lips and chilly blue eyes, Cholmondeley has the look of an Edwardian rake who might just give someone in the lower orders a damned good hiding with a swagger stick.

Tragically, Cholmondeley was fond of carrying a gun and, in May 2006, this resulted in the death of the 38-year-old stonemason, caught poaching game on Cholmondeley's father's Soysambu estate. Njoya was killed by a rifle shot while hiding in a thicket. It makes for potent imagery when a rich man ends a poor man's life; renders children fatherless for the sake of some small antelope.

Njoya was not stealing the silverware; he was trying to feed his family.

The shooting was some sort of blood-drenched Groundhog Day for Cholmondeley. Almost exactly a year earlier he had shot and killed Samson Ole Sasini, who he also thought was robbing him. …

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