The sentencing of a white Kenyan aristocrat convicted last week of the manslaughter of a poacher on his estate has been postponed until Thursday. Justice Muga Apondi gave no reason for the delay at the High Court in Nairobi in sentencing Thomas Cholmondeley.

KENYANThe judge had cut the murder charge to manslaughter as he said Cholmondeley did not show malice aforethought in the shooting of Robert Njoya in 2006. Kenyan television was broadcasting live from the packed courtroom.

In 2005, Cholmondeley admitted shooting another man – a Maasai ranger, Samson Ole Sisina – but the case was dropped because of insufficient evidence. His release at that time provoked outrage and mass protests among the Maasai community. Cholmondeley is a descendant of one of the country’s first British settlers, Lord Delamere.



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