Tom Cholmondeley dies aged 48 years

Tom Cholmondeley

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

Cholmondeley is reported to have died at a city hospital where he had undergone a hip replacement surgery.

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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