The family of Alexander Monson, a British Aristocrat murdered in Diani nine years ago has reiterated its commitment to find justice for their son.
Monson was arrested at a beach resort in Diani, in May 2012, and died a day later in hospital. He was only 28. A port mortem report revealed that he had suffered a traumatic blow to the head.
The post-mortem report also, “found dreadful injuries to his scrotum, defence wounds to his arms and that he had been smashed on the back of the head,” his father Lord Nicholas Monson recently told the Daily Mail.
This week, the trial against four police officers accused of his murder was postponed for a month. Justice Erick Ogola of Mombasa Law Courts will rule on whether the case against Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba will continue. The four policemen were arrested in January, 2019.
“I am exasperated by these endless delays but the fight for justice for Alexander will continue,” says Lord Monson.
What happened on the fateful day?
According to a 2018 inquest by Haki Africa, Alexander was playing pool with friends at a nightclub in a beach resort in Diani when he was arrested and taken to Diani police station. The police alleged that he was smoking cannabis. He was also allegedly in possession of a quarter of a joint of the illegal drug.
“By the following morning, he was in a coma from which he never awoke,” says Haki Africa. “He died handcuffed to a hospital bed that afternoon.”
The police alleged that Alexander died as a result of a drug overdose. His father fervently discounts this theory.
“All through these years people have been trying to smear Alexander, claiming he died of a drug over dose and that he was an addict. But I commissioned an independent post-mortem and it found no evidence of drugs.”
After years of campaigning, an inquest into Alexander’s death was opened three years after his demise.
The inquest heard that Alexander suffered internal bleeding on his brain and severe bruising, which suggested he had been kicked in the groin. It concluded that Alexander had died unlawfully.
Then Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo said: “His (Alexander’s) death was not natural, neither was it due to drugs. His life was cut short by police and therefore, the director of public prosecution should prosecute the officers mentioned.”
Lord Monson told the Daily Mail: “Alexander’s mother Hilary is in agony. She is absolutely tortured and heart-broken. Like me, she is looking for some form of closure and peace. Nothing will take away the pain of losing Alexander but the conclusion of the trial and the chance of gaining convictions will bring some closure.”
Monson revealed that his wife is yet to scatter Alexander’s ashes. “She still lives in Kenya. It’s a tragedy for me but to see Hilary to suffer like this is heart-breaking.”
Four Twenty South
Hilary lives in Diani, at a place the family calls Four Twenty South after its latitude – four degrees 20 minutes from the equator.
In 2012, Lord Monson travelled to Diani in a bid to clear his son’s reputation. Unwittingly, he took a photograph outside Diani Police Station where his son had been locked up. The police in turn arrested him.
“They accused me of being a terrorist and locked me up. Friends managed to get me out pretty quickly.”
Lord Monson is urging for a speedy conclusion of the case. He says it has the potential to hurt Kenya’s international tourism market.
According to Travel Weekly, of the 1.3 million tourists who travel to Kenya every year, about 100,000 are British.