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Agnes Wanjiru murder: British soldiers “laughed, joked on Facebook” about ‘murder’ of Kenyan woman whose body was found 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 is now emerging that British soldiers laughed about the death of Agnes Wanjiru, a mother of one whose body was found in a septic tank nearly a decade ago.

According to the Sunday Times, nine soldiers in the unit (the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment) posted two pictures from outside the hotel where Wanjiru’s body was found.

The pictured included the caption, “If you know, you know” with a crying with laughter emoji. The soldier had tagged scores of his colleagues.

The British outlet reports that most of the soldiers responded to the post, with one posting a ghost emoji while another posted the words “sceptic tank”. A third wrote: ‘Rum gaff’ – meaning ‘dodgy place’.

Soldier X, who is alleged to have been responsible for the murder, posted an emoji of an angel. Other soldiers then responded with crying with laughter emojis, followed by a cartoon of a baby crying at a funeral, from TV show Family Guy. 

The Sunday Times further reports that one soldier asked Soldier X if he gets “all choked up thinking about that place” – an apparent reference to allegations he killed Agnes by choking her during sex. Soldier X answers: “Come to think of it I have had a sore throat today.”

In a previous report, the Sunday Times said that 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

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.

UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace says they are fully supporting the Kenyan police in probing the murder of Wanjiru, then 21 years.

“DNA had been formally requested in relation to the Wanjiru case by the Kenyans only last week, which of course we are responding to. We had never received the request,” Wallace told the Sunday Times.

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