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White aristocrat freed from jail

October 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

One of Kenya's most prominent white aristocrats was released from prison after spending more than three years in jail for killing a black poacher on his family estate.

Thomas Cholmondeley, jailed since the 2006 shooting, was sentenced to eight months in prison this year for manslaughter in the death of 37-year-old Robert Njoya. The judge had reduced the charge from murder, saying he believed Cholmondeley's attempts to give Njoya first aid helped prove that he had shot the poacher accidentally.

Njoya's death was the second time in just over a year that Cholmondeley had shot and killed a black man on his farm. The first shooting did not come to trial, sparking protests from residents.

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