British soldiers joked about the death of Agnes Wanjiru (pictured) several years after her body was found in a hotel septic tank in Nanyuki, central Kenya, it has been claimed
British soldiers laughed at the death of a mother whose body was discovered in a hotel septic tank in Kenya, it has been learned.
The mother-of-one, Agnes Wanjiru, 21, was found at Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki, near the British Army training unit camp in Kenya, two months after her disappearance in March 2012.
One soldier – Private X – accused of the murder was reportedly named by his comrades after he confessed to the murder.
The Sunday Times also reported that another soldier reported the incident to senior officers at the time – but no action was taken.
This prompted the Labor Party to call on the government to investigate any possible “cover-ups”.
Now the newspaper has reported that a group of nine British soldiers joked about the death on social media several years after they were last seen walking into a hotel room with Private X.
A member of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, the same regiment Private X is said to have served, posted two photos of the Lions Court Hotel on Facebook.
The photo included the caption “If you know you know” with a laughing crying emoji.
A number of soldiers responded to the message, one displaying a ghost emoji while another displayed the words “skeptic tank”.
A general view of the main entrance to Lion’s Court Lodge which is currently closed for refurbishment where most British soldiers go to entertain themselves after their training at Nanyuki
The naked body of the mother-of-one, Ms Wanjiru, was found in a septic tank at the Lions Court Inn (pictured) in the village of Nanyuki, in central Kenya, two months after she went missing
A third wrote: ‘Rum gaff’ – meaning ‘shady place’.
Soldier X posted an angel emoji. Other soldiers then responded with laughing crying emojis, followed by a cartoon of a crying baby at a funeral from the Family Guy TV show.
A member then asked Private X if he was choking on the thought of that location – an apparent reference to allegations he killed Agnes by suffocating her during sex.
He said, “Come to think of it, I had a sore throat today.”
When asked about the conversation on Facebook, Soldier X declined to comment.
He had previously told the newspaper that “rumors” were circulating that he was an official who “bordered on intimidation”.
Nanyuki relies heavily on the income of British soldiers based at Nyati barracks
He added, “But there’s nothing you can do when you’re in the military, and people say things like that, but honestly it’s full of lies.”
Referring to his colleagues in the military, he said: “There are a lot of idiots, but there is not really any truth in this.”
Ms Wanjiru’s naked body – who left behind a five-month-old daughter – was found at the hotel nearly ten years ago by a housekeeper after a foul odor.
The sex worker’s family have been pushing for answers and claim that British and Kenyan authorities have staged a cover-up to maintain diplomatic ties.
The UK sends six infantry battalions a year for eight-week exercises at the nearby Nanyuki military base.
Ms Wanjiru’s body remained in the tank for two months before being discovered, by which time British troops had long left Kenya.
Members of the regiment allege his assassin’s name was an open secret, with five different soldiers identifying the same person to the Sunday Times.
But the British Army never carried out an investigation and none of those present during the night were questioned by their superiors.
An investigation took place in Kenya in 2019 in which a judge ruled the mother was ‘murdered by British soldiers’, but no further action was taken by the military.
Rose Wanyua (C) sister of Agnes Wanjiru who was reportedly killed by a British soldier, shows reporters photos of her sister at her home in the Majengo slums in Nanyuki, Kenya
A Defense Ministry spokesperson said: “In 2012, the Special Investigation Branch carried out initial investigations in Kenya, including providing information on British personnel to the Kenyan police. No further requests were received at this time.
“Following the conclusion of a Kenyan investigation in 2019, we know that the Kenyan authorities are investigating this incident.
“Jurisdiction for this investigation rests with the Kenyan police, and we are currently in talks with the Kenyan authorities, offering our full support and cooperation to their investigations.
“Due to the subject of an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Upon the tragic death of Agnes Wanjiru in Kenya in 2012, a Defense Ministry spokesperson added: “The Defense Secretary is eager to see the pace of this situation and has asked for full cooperation.
“He is working with the Kenyan army and police to make sure their investigation is not hampered.”