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Lincolnshire aristocrat claims police beat son to death in Kenyan jail cell

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 07, 2012

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A Lincolnshire aristocrat whose son died in the custody of Kenyan police has vowed to bring his ashes back to the county and finally lay him to rest.

Alexander Monson, 28, heir to his family's Burton estate, died after spending nine hours in a police cell.

He had been arrested for smoking cannabis outside a bar near his mother's home in the coastal resort of Diani, south of Mombasa.

Kenyan police had claimed Alexander's death was the result of complications from taking drugs, but it is now alleged he was hit on the head and brutally beaten while in jail.

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An independent pathologist hired by his family showed Alexander died from a head injury – and bruising on his groin and left hand indicated he had been hurt as he tried to defend himself.

Friends and family held a memorial service for Alexander in a garden overlooking the beach, casting flowers into the Indian Ocean to remember him. His body was cremated in a Hindu-style ceremony, with the fire lit by his father Nicholas Monson, the 12th Lord Monson of Burton and the 16th Baronet of Carlton.

In his first interview since arriving back in England, Lord Monson told the Echo: "I have some of his ashes and I want to hold a service for him in Lincolnshire. He was a dreamer and a philosopher but he was also developing a great interest in politics. He talked to me about coming to Lincoln if possible and maybe even standing for Parliament and very much involving himself with the county.

"It's difficult to say what might have been. I had so much hope that he would have taken up his rightful place in Lincolnshire, married, had children and continued the family tradition. Now we have to rethink everything."

With police brutality in Kenya well documented, Lord Monson revealed he plans to establish a foundation in his son's name to stop any more savage beatings and killings.

He said: "The foundation will protect both tourists in Kenya and every single Kenyan citizen, irrespective of colour, rank or belief system.

"I'm not saying this foundation is going to change an African country overnight, but if the number of killings and beatings can be reduced at the hands of police officers, it will be a victory of sorts for Alexander."

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