Controversy rocks Tom Cholmondeley’s death


Tom Cholmondeley

The family of Tom Cholmondeley, the great-grandson of the Lord Delamere is now awaiting postmortem results from an independent pathologist to ascertain what caused the death of the 48-year-old Briton at MP Shah Hospital, Nairobi.

Controversy rocked Cholmondeley’s death after doctors at the MP Shah Hospital alleged that he died out of a cardiac arrest following a hip replacement surgery but the family has already dismissed the report.

According to sources from Cholmondeley’s family, the results of the postmortem which is being done at the Lee Funeral Home will determine whether they will sue MP Shah Hospital for medical negligence over the incident.

Thomas Cholmondeley, the great-grandson of the Lord Delamere, one of the first and most influential British settlers in Kenya, died on Wednesday.

Cholmondeley came into the limelight first in May 2005 after he shot and killed Samson ole Sisina, a game ranger who is said to have been on an undercover mission only for the case to collapse in June 2005 for what was ruled as lack of sufficient evidence.

This caused a surge of emotions and subsequent demonstrations from local residents who claimed that the sole heir of Lord Delamewe dynasty was receiving special treatment.

In May 2006, Cholmondeley was again on the docks charged with the murder of 37 year old Robert Njoya, an unemployed stonemason who was allegedly poaching on the Delamere land.

He was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to serve eight months in prison.

He was released on October 23, 2009.

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