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Family of Agnes Wanjiru, woman allegedly killed by British soldier cries for justice

In Summary

  • There are fresh reports that there was a possible cover-up by British army bosses in the murder of Wanjiru, then 21-year-old.
  • According to the Sunday Times, a soldier confessed to killing Wanjiru and dumping his body in a septic tank.

The family of Agnes Wanjiru, a Kenyan woman whose body was found in a septic tank nearly a decade ago hopes that justice will be served.

Through Wanjiru’s sister, Rose Wanjiku, the family hopes that revelations in the United Kingdom would bring closure to the wounds that are still fresh to them.

They are calling upon the UK and Kenyan government to cooperate in ensuring justice prevails.

The slain woman’s child, who was orphaned at five months, is now in middle primary school with her school fees been paid by a Nanyuki-based charity organisation.

This comes after fresh reports emerged that there was a possible cover-up by British army bosses in the murder of Wanjiru, then 21.

According to the Sunday Times, a soldier confessed to killing Wanjiru and dumping her 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 as ‘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’.”

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Agnes, 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.

Her 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.

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