Blood samples used by Kenyan authorities to claim that a British aristocrat’s son三级成人视频 had taken a cocktail of drugs before dying in police custody were almost certainly switched, a court in Mombasa heard on Wednesday.
三级成人视频Kenyan police long asserted that Alexander Monson, son and heir to the 12th Baron Monson, died of a drugs overdose in the hours after his arrest on suspicion of smoking cannabis in May 2012.
三级成人视频But a leading British forensic expert testifying at the trial of four police officers accused of beating Mr Monson to death said that little about the claim made sense.
Jason Payne-James, a specialist who has investigated deaths of detainees round the world, told the court in Kenya’s second city that initial blood and urine samples taken from Mr Monson’s body showed no trace of drugs.
But a second batch of samples tested in South Africa recorded a presence of cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates and heroin by-products.
N三级成人视频ot only was the discrepancy “very odd”, Dr Payne-James said, the second set of samples contradicted each other, with cocaine being found in the urine sample but not in the blood, something not medically possible.
Authorities had also not kept a comprehensive record of the movements of the samples, he added — a failure that could have allowed them to be tampered with.
“A review of these records leads one to suspect whether these samples came from Alexander,” he told the court. “I don’t believe that they did.”
Dr Payne-James, who conducted an independent review of toxicology, post-mortem and police reports filed on the case, also noted that Mr Monson’s death was not consistent with a drugs overdose.
Lord Monson and his ex-wife Hilary say they have faced more than seven years of obfuscation in their quest to discover what happened to their son, who was found by family friends convulsing and unconscious on the floor of a police station in the seaside resort of Diani.
The case has been seized on by campaigners in Kenya, a popular British tourist destination, who say it demonstrates a systemic level of impunity and cover-up within the Kenyan criminal justice system.
三级成人视频The Monsons achieved an unexpected breakthrough last year when an inquest concluded that their son had died of “blunt-force trauma” while in custody and recommended murder charges against the four police officers.
They pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial, which began in January but has since experienced several postponements.
Dr Payne-James addressed subsequent official assertions that if Mr Monson had not died of a drugs overdose then he must have died because fellow inmates carrying his unconscious figure dropped him on his head.
H三级成人视频is analysis of the post-mortem found that Mr Monson had suffered deliberate blows to his scrotum, left arm — probably raised in defence — and to the back of his head, the last of which caused his death.
“It resulted in brain damage which, because of the failure of the police to arrange immediate and urgent medical care, and because of less that optimal medical care, resulted in his death,” he said.
The Kenyan police officer appointed to investigate Mr Monson's cannabis case earlier told the court that he had found him unresponsive on the floor of his cell about eight hours after his arrest.
“I found the prisoner lying with his head near the doorway,” Issa Saidi said. “He was not talking and breathing with difficulty.”
Insp Saidi said he had Mr Monson carried outside the cell “to get some fresh air”, but it would be many hours before police agreed to allow him to be taken to hospital in an ambulance provided by the family friends.
三级成人视频Mrs Monson, who flew down from the Kenyan capital Nairobi when she received news of his arrest, found her son handcuffed to a bed in the hospital. He died shortly after.
“There has obviously been a cover up,” she said on Wednesday. “But Jason’s evidence makes it very difficult to contest the facts. The defendants aren’t even trying to say that nothing happened in the police station any more. Instead, they are trying to push the blame onto each other.”
The trial continues.