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Agnes Wanjiru: British Army bosses accused of cover-up after soldier ‘killed sex worker, hid body in septic tank’

In Summary

  • Agnes Wanjiru, then 21, was allegedly murdered by a British soldier in 2012. Her body was found in a septic tank at the Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki, two months after she disappeared.
  • A soldier allegedly confessed to the killing, and another soldier reported it to senior officers at the time – but no action was taken.

It appears that there was a possible cover-up by British army bosses in the murder of Agnes Wanjiru, a Kenyan woman whose body was found in a septic tank nearly a decade ago.

The United Kingdom government has been urged to investigate the possible cover-up in the murder of the 21-year- old, by a British soldier.

According to the Sunday Times, a soldier confessed to killing Wanjiru and dumping his body in a septic tank. His colleague reported the matter to senior officers at the time, but no action was taken.

Soldier confessed to Wanjiru murder

The British outlet reports that what started as an ordinary beer-fuelled Saturday night out at the nearby Lions Court Hotel ended with a group of soldiers from Batuk (British Army Training Unit Kenya) camp being led to the hotel’s septic tank, where they were shown the lifeless body of a sex worker their colleague had just murdered.

“She was in the tank,” a soldier from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who the Sunday Times names Soldier Y, claims. “He took me to the tank and lifted it up, and I looked in and I just remember seeing her in there. My heart sank. My mind just went blank. The only thing I could say to him was: ‘I’ll never forgive you for this’,” the paper reports Soldier Y as saying.

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Agnes Wanjiru, 21, was murdered by a British soldier in 2012. Her body was found in a septic tank at the Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki, two months after she disappeared.

Wanjiru’s body was found in a septic tank at the Lions Court Hotel, in Nanyuki, two months after she disappeared in March 2012. The town is a 10-minute drive from Batuk camp. By the time Wanjiru’s body was found, all the Batuk soldiers who had been at the hotel were back in the UK.

A postmortem done on Wanjiru’s body revealed that she died of stab wounds to her chest and abdomen.

Jane Marriot: UK Gov’t fully cooperating

UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriot on Sunday assured that her government was fully cooperating with the investigations and will help in any way it can.

According to Marriot, UK’s Special Investigations Branch in 2012 carried out initial enquiries in Kenya, including providing information about British personnel to Kenyan police.

“Following the conclusion of a Kenyan inquest in 2019, we understand that the Kenyan authorities are looking into the murder. We will support that Kenyan police investigation,” says Marriot.

She adds: “The conduct of the UK military here is incredibly important to us. They do a lot of good in Nanyuki, for the economy and the community. But where there are issues, we have and will address them. Senior military visitors from the UK come to Kenya regularly – including in the coming weeks – and will be discussing Ms Wanjiru’s murder and the UK support to the Kenyan investigation.”

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