Kenyan police officers in court over killing of British aristocrat as mother gives tearful testimony

Kenyan police officers in court over killing of British aristocrat as mother gives tearful testimony

The mother of a British aristocrat who died in police custody on Tuesday wept in court as four Kenyan police officers went on trial accused of his murder.

Alexander Monson, 28, the son of a peer, was found dead in police custody in 2012 after what the officers claimed was a drug overdose.

He had been arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis following a night out in the Diani beach resort near Mombasa. The police officers have been accused of beating Mr Monson to death.

His mother, Hilary Monson, wept as she told the court in Mombasa her son had not been a drug addict at the time of his death.

She said: “I know my son, like many youths, used drugs. He had a problem at one point, but he had gone through a great deal of suffering to sort himself out.”

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