Family of murdered Kenyan girl sues UK military to demand solutions

A British soldier reportedly confessed to killing Agnes Wanjiru and confirmed comrades the place he dumped her physique.

The household of a younger Kenyan mom allegedly murdered by a British soldier almost a decade in the past is planning to sue the military to demand solutions over her demise, their attorneys stated on Wednesday.

The physique of Agnes Wanjiru, 21, was present in 2012 after she reportedly went out partying with British troopers at a lodge within the central city of Nanyuki, the place the UK military has a everlasting garrison.

Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper reported final month {that a} soldier confessed to killing Wanjiru and confirmed comrades the place he dumped her physique in a septic tank behind the lodge.

The revelations have galvanised recent requires an investigation and justice for Wanjiru, and Kenyan police final week introduced they had been reopening the case.

“We are instructed by the family of Agnes to challenge the Ministry of Defence’s failure to investigate her alleged murder in 2012,” Tessa Gregory, a accomplice at legislation agency Leigh Day which is dealing with the case, stated in a press release to the AFP information company.

“Our client desperately wants justice for Agnes but also wants answers as to what the British Army knew and why it is that over the last nine years the Ministry of Defence appear to have done nothing to address the known allegations Agnes was brutally murdered at the hands of a British soldier.”

Wanjiru was final seen one night in March 2012 with a British soldier from the navy base and her physique was discovered about two months later.

UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott final month expressed “outrage and concern” over Wanjiru’s demise and promised high-level assist to a Kenyan investigation into her homicide.

Since Kenya gained independence in 1963, 1000’s of British soldiers have handed by a coaching camp on the outskirts of Nanyuki generally known as BATUK for workouts in harsh terrain.

While their presence has bolstered the native economic system, there have been controversies and allegations of offences prior to now.