Nine British soldiers to be quizzed over unsolved murder of mum, 21, found stabbed to death near UK army base in Kenya

NINE British soldiers are to be quizzed by detectives over the unsolved murder of a mum who was killed near an army base in Kenya.

Agnes Wanjiru, 21, was found stabbed to death nine years ago at a hotel in Nanyuki, Kenya.


Nine British Army soldiers will be questioned over the murder of Agnes Wanjiru, 21, in Kenya nine years ago

Witnesses told cops they saw Agnes – a sex worker with a five-month-old daughter -leaving the hotel bar with a British soldier.

It’s claimed they entered a room and a porter heard a “fierce row”, The Sunday Times reports.

Her body was found in a septic tank in the hotel grounds two months later, by which time the soldiers had left Kenya.

Agnes’s sister, Rose Wanyua Wanjiku, 48, told The Sunday Times: “She was in the company of some British soldiers. I believe they were responsible.


“Her case has been completely overlooked. From the first day we reported the case at the police station the police did nothing until her body was accidentally removed from a septic tank”

She added: “The Kenyan police should have forced the British Army to produce the culprits to face the law.”

Last week, soliders who were at the hotel the night Agnes disappeared spoke about a “lost weekend” in Nanyuki.

Hundreds of army personnel are said to have been released from the base before a three-day bender involving mass brawls, binge drinking and sex parties.

Military police officers brought in to restore order were “hurled off balconies” as rival regiments fought each other.

Soldiers and local women said the Lions Court Inn hotel, where Agnes was last seen, had descended into debauchery, with orgies between squaddies and sex workers.

She was in the company of some British soldiers. I believe they were responsible

Agnes’s sister, Rose Wanyua Wanjiku

One solider claimed 60 soldiers were with “about 40 sex workers”.

He said: “When we got back they [the Army] had us mass tested for HIV.”

None of the nine suspects were questioned or asked to give a DNA sample despite requests from Kenyan detectives.

A new investigation has been launched by Kenyan authorities into Agnes’s murder, with the Ministry of Defence assisting “to determine what support is needed.”


An MoD spokesman said: “In 2012, Special Investigation Branch carried out initial enquiries in Kenya, including providing information about British personnel to the Kenyan police.

“No further requests for assistance were received.

“Following the conclusion of a Kenyan inquest in 2019, we are aware that the Kenyan authorities are looking into this incident.

“The jurisdiction for this investigation rests with the Kenyan police, and we are currently in discussions with the Kenyan authorities to determine what support is needed.”

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