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British peer’s nine year battle to prove his son was beaten to death by four Kenyan police officers 

A peer who has spent nine years fighting to prove that his son was beaten to death by four police Kenyan officers spoke today of his desperate battle for justice. 

Lord Nicholas Monson, 55, said both he and ex-wife Hilary are tortured by the fact that no one has been found responsible for the 28-year-old’s death.

Alexander Monson was arrested at a Kenyan beach resort in May 2012 and died a day later in hospital having suffered a traumatic blow to the head.

The trial against four officers accused of his murder – which started two years ago – stalled again this week when the judge delayed by a month his decision on whether the case should even continue.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Sir Nicholas said: ‘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.

A peer who has spent nine years fighting to prove that his son Alexander Monson (above) was beaten to death by four police Kenyan officers has told MailOnline of his desperate battle for justice

A peer who has spent nine years fighting to prove that his son Alexander Monson (above) was beaten to death by four police Kenyan officers has told MailOnline of his desperate battle for justice

A peer who has spent nine years fighting to prove that his son Alexander Monson (above) was beaten to death by four police Kenyan officers has told MailOnline of his desperate battle for justice

Alexander Monson was arrested at a Kenyan beach resort in May 2012 and died a day later in hospital having suffered a traumatic blow to the head

Alexander Monson was arrested at a Kenyan beach resort in May 2012 and died a day later in hospital having suffered a traumatic blow to the head

Lord Nicholas Monson, 55, (above) said both he and ex-wife Hilary are tortured by the fact that no one has been found responsible for the 28-year-old's death

Lord Nicholas Monson, 55, (above) said both he and ex-wife Hilary are tortured by the fact that no one has been found responsible for the 28-year-old's death

Alexander Monson was arrested at a Kenyan beach resort in May 2012 and died a day later in hospital having suffered a traumatic blow to the head 

The trial against four officers (above) accused of his murder - which started two years ago - stalled again this week when the judge delayed by a month his decision on whether the case should even continue

The trial against four officers (above) accused of his murder - which started two years ago - stalled again this week when the judge delayed by a month his decision on whether the case should even continue

 The trial against four officers (above) accused of his murder – which started two years ago – stalled again this week when the judge delayed by a month his decision on whether the case should even continue

‘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.

‘But for the past nine years, the Kenyan justice system has not shown one iota of care or concern for his family.

‘The lack of a ruling by the judge this week has left us without justice for nine years.’  

Alexander Monson died in hospital in Mombasa on May 20, 2012.

The young aristocrat had been arrested the night before outside a nightclub in the beach resort of Diani where his mother Hilary lives, and taken to the police station.

Despite a post mortem concluding that he died after suffering a blow to the head the Kenyan police insisted he died from a drug overdose.

Lord Monson, the 12th Baron Monson, said: ‘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.

‘It found dreadful injuries to his scrotum, defence wounds to his arms and that he had been smashed on the back of the head.’

Alexander Monson died in hospital in Mombasa on May 20, 2012. The young aristocrat had been arrested the night before outside a nightclub in the beach resort of Diani where his mother Hilary lives, and taken to the police station

Alexander Monson died in hospital in Mombasa on May 20, 2012. The young aristocrat had been arrested the night before outside a nightclub in the beach resort of Diani where his mother Hilary lives, and taken to the police station

Alexander Monson died in hospital in Mombasa on May 20, 2012. The young aristocrat had been arrested the night before outside a nightclub in the beach resort of Diani where his mother Hilary lives, and taken to the police station

Despite a post mortem concluding that he died after suffering a blow to the head the Kenyan police insisted he died from a drug overdose. Pictured: With his sister Isabella

Despite a post mortem concluding that he died after suffering a blow to the head the Kenyan police insisted he died from a drug overdose. Pictured: With his sister Isabella

Despite a post mortem concluding that he died after suffering a blow to the head the Kenyan police insisted he died from a drug overdose. Pictured: With his sister Isabella

Lord Monson, the 12th Baron Monson, said: ‘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'

Lord Monson, the 12th Baron Monson, said: ‘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'

Lord Monson, the 12th Baron Monson, said: ‘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 by his parents, an inquest into Alexander’s death was opened in 2015.

The inquest heard he had suffered internal bleeding on his brain and severe bruising which suggested he had been kicked in the groin.

In 2018 the inquest ruled that Alexander had died unlawfully and that the police officers killed him.

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.’

In January 2019 four Kenyan police officers – Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba – were put on trial for murder, accused of killing Alexander in custody.

But the trial was adjourned in March last year at the end of the prosecution case.

Lawyers for the police officers called for the case to be struck out claiming there was no case to answer against them.

They finally made their submissions in November last year.

Trial judge Mr Justice Erick Ogola was due to give his ruling on whether to continue the murder trial or abandon it due to lack of evidence on Thursday.

After years of campaigning by his parents, an inquest into Alexander’s death was opened in 2015. In 2018 the inquest ruled that Alexander had died unlawfully and that the police officers killed him. Above: the police station where he was allegedly beaten

After years of campaigning by his parents, an inquest into Alexander’s death was opened in 2015. In 2018 the inquest ruled that Alexander had died unlawfully and that the police officers killed him. Above: the police station where he was allegedly beaten

After years of campaigning by his parents, an inquest into Alexander’s death was opened in 2015. In 2018 the inquest ruled that Alexander had died unlawfully and that the police officers killed him. Above: the police station where he was allegedly beaten

In January 2019 four Kenyan police officers - Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba – were put on trial for murder, accused of killing Alexander in custody. Pictured: Alexander's mother Hilary at the trial

In January 2019 four Kenyan police officers - Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba – were put on trial for murder, accused of killing Alexander in custody. Pictured: Alexander's mother Hilary at the trial

In January 2019 four Kenyan police officers – Naftali Chege, Charles Wangombe Munyiri, Baraka Bulima and John Pamba – were put on trial for murder, accused of killing Alexander in custody. Pictured: Alexander’s mother Hilary at the trial

Trial judge Mr Justice Erick Ogola was due to give his ruling on whether to continue the murder trial or abandon it due to lack of evidence on Thursday. But he postponed for decision for a further month, compounding Alexander’s parents’ misery

Trial judge Mr Justice Erick Ogola was due to give his ruling on whether to continue the murder trial or abandon it due to lack of evidence on Thursday. But he postponed for decision for a further month, compounding Alexander’s parents’ misery

Trial judge Mr Justice Erick Ogola was due to give his ruling on whether to continue the murder trial or abandon it due to lack of evidence on Thursday. But he postponed for decision for a further month, compounding Alexander’s parents’ misery

But he postponed for decision for a further month, compounding Alexander’s parents’ misery.

Sir Nicholas said: ‘I am exasperated by these endless delays but the fight for justice for Alexander will continue.

‘We need to keep highlighting this case and keep putting pressure on the Kenyan government.

‘That is the only way we will get a result. I’m quite fired-up about this. 

‘Hilary is ready to scatter his ashes. She still lives in Kenya. It’s a tragedy for me but to see Hilary to suffer like this is heart-breaking.’

Lord Monson travelled to Kenya in 2012 in a bid to clear his son’s reputation. 

The peer said the police arrested him and accused him of terrorism after he was photographed outside the police station where his son was beaten.

The peer added: ‘If I thought going out to Kenya again would help, I’d go straight away. But the last time I went I was locked up myself for a few hours.

‘I posed for a photograph outside the police station where Alexander was taken and they didn’t like that.

‘They accused me of being a terrorist and locked me up. Friends managed to get me out pretty quickly.’

Lord Monson travelled to Kenya in 2012 in a bid to clear his son's reputation. The peer (pictured with his ex wife Hilary) said the police arrested him and accused him of terrorism after he was photographed outside the police station where his son was beaten

Lord Monson travelled to Kenya in 2012 in a bid to clear his son's reputation. The peer (pictured with his ex wife Hilary) said the police arrested him and accused him of terrorism after he was photographed outside the police station where his son was beaten

Lord Monson travelled to Kenya in 2012 in a bid to clear his son’s reputation. The peer (pictured with his ex wife Hilary) said the police arrested him and accused him of terrorism after he was photographed outside the police station where his son was beaten

The high-profile case has become a litmus test of accountability for Kenya’s security services.

Lord Monson claims that Kenya is not a safe country for young people and has urged parents not to let their children travel there.

He told MailOnline: ‘The longer this drags on the more Kenya is mired in reputational damage and I can’t see how that is good for the country.

‘Why should British people allow their children to go to Kenya during their gap years when these kinds of things can happen.

‘If the Kenyan government want British tourists to return they need to wrap this up.’ 

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