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His skin did not save him – Cholmondeley found guilty of manslaughter, the judge should have gone for murder

Posted by African Press International on May 7, 2009

Some white men in Kenya think they are ranked -near to God, and can shoot and kill black Kenyans. This man should have been found guilty of murder and locked up for a very long time. Now that he has been found guilty of manslaughter – after slaughtering a Kenyan Maasai man, he will be sentenced and hopefully the judge will give him a long sentence and he be placed in a jail where he will meet rough Kenyan jail mates who may teach him some lesson. API

Written By:Margaret Kalekye

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Caption: The trial was the second murder case against the Eton-educated aristocrat, who was also accused of killing a wildlife ranger Samson Ole Sisina in April 2005.

The high court has found Lord Delamere’s grandson, Tom Cholmondeley guilty of manslaughter for killing stonemason Robert Njoya on the Delamere family’s Soysambu ranch, Naivasha in 2006.

Justice Muga Apondi in his 320 page verdict reduced the charge of murder to manslaughter saying the defense case had no merit.

“I find as a fact that it was the accused who had shot the deceased resulting in his death,” he said.

“In view of the above analysis I hereby find which I do, that the accused did not have any malice aforethought to kill the deceased.”

He said he had therefore decided  Cholmondeley should be acquitted of the murder charge, but found guilty of manslaughter.

He will be sentencednext week on May 13th.

Judge Apondi’s verdict comes two months after court assessors cleared Cholmondeley of the murder charge against him.

Lay assessors determined that there was insufficient evidence linking Cholmondeley to the deadly shot, or intent to kill.

The 40-year-old Cholmondeley has denied the killing and only admitted to shooting dogs on his 55,000-acre Soysambu ranch.

The accused was represented in court by Nairobi lawyer Fred Ojiambo.

The trial was the second murder case against the Eton-educated aristocrat, who was also accused of killing a wildlife ranger Samson Ole Sisina in April 2005.

That case was dropped for lack of evidence, triggering an outcry from the public and mass protests from Maasais.

source.kbc.ke

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