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Lord Delmere’s Heir Tom Cholmonoley is Dead

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Lord Delamere’s Heir Tom Cholmondoley is dead. Cholmondoley died while undergoing treatment in Nairobi city, Kenya Hospital.

Lord Delamere’s heir Thomas Patrick Gilbert “Tom” Cholmondeley, passed on at the MP Shah Hospital on Wednesday afternoon where he had been taken for medication after he developed heart failure.

Speaking to Nairobi News,  the hospital’s chief executive Anup Das said,

” Mr Cholmondeley, 48, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon at 2.15pm as he recovered from a hip replacement surgery at the facility.”

Mr. Das said:

“He was admitted yesterday (Tuesday) as a private patient — that is admitted by visiting doctors — in our facility and he underwent the surgery. He was recovering at the Intensive Care Unit when he developed a cardiac arrest and died.”

Mr. Cholmondeley was the son of the 5th Lord Delamere, a scion of Kenya’s British settler aristocracy.

In April 2005, Mr. Cholmondeleyhe shot dead Robert Njoya, a stonemason, at his Soysambu ranch. High Court Judge Muga Apondi handed him an eight months imprisonment for manslaughter.

The judge said the fact that Mr. Cholmondeley has ” been held in custody for slightly over three years since he was arrested” and had no malice aforethought (intent to kill) prompted him to issue the light sentence.

He said that the prosecution had acknowledged that Mr. Cholmondeley made desperate attempts to save the life of Mr. Njoya, including calling Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and the police after the fatal shooting.

He also offered his car to rush the victim to hospital

Tom Cholmondeley Biography

Thomas Patrick GilbertTomCholmondeley (/ˈʌmli/ chum-lee); 19 June 1968 – 17 August 2016) was a Kenyan farmer. He was the great-grandson of the Lord Delamere, one of the first and most influential British settlers in Kenya. He was in line to become the next, 6th, Baron Delamere.

In April 2005, he shot and killed a Kenya Wildlife Service game ranger on his ranch. He claimed self-defense, and the murder case was dropped before going to trial. 

In May 2006, he shot and killed a poacher on his Soysambu estate near Lake Naivasha. He was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to serve eight months in prison.

He was released on 23 October 2009.

Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley Early life

Tom Cholmondeley is a great-grandson of The 3rd Baron Delamere (1870–1931), a pioneering settler in Kenya who was the effective “founder” of the White community in that country.

Tom is the only son and heir of The 5th Baron Delamere (b. 1934) and his wife Anne, née Renison. His family is one of the large-scale and owners in Kenya.

He is also a descendant of Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.

After prep school at Pembroke House, in the town of Gilgil, Kenya, and Ashdown House School, in the village of Forest Row in East Sussex, he has educated atEton College. After

After school, he worked on various farms for his “pupil year”, including time working on Kenneth Matiba’s farm, Wangu Embori.

Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley Career

He attended the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, 1987–1990, and then worked for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation in Andover, Great Britain.

Back in Kenya from 1991 he started working for his family farming business and was then involved in many developing projects.

He established a game cropping enterprise on Soysambu Ranch, the vast family estate in Kenya, which ran from 1992–2003, and which employed 15 people as well as building a modern abattoir and cold storage facilities.

He is also responsible for the design and layout of the Soysambu Wildlife Sanctuary and the building of Delamere’s Camp in 1993, a high-class tourist lodge with a 6,000-acre (24 km2) exclusive sanctuary covering the area around Lake Elmenteita.

In 1994 he was made a Director of Delamere Estates and in 1995 the chairman of Nakuru Wildlife Conservancy, a position he was elected to twice again.

In 1996 he introduced the first centre pivot irrigation into Naivasha and eventually the scheme covered over 600 acres (2.4 km2) and provided employment for approximately 500 people.

In the same year, he organized the reconstruction of the “Delamere Milk Shop” into a petrol station on the outskirts of Naivasha, the A104 highway. This is now a massive concern and Kenya’s busiest farm shop.

Of note is the constructed wetland to cope with the sewage resulting from over 3000 customers per day.

His energies turned to building the first straw bale building in Gilgil, the location being on the edge of the Otutu forest.

He created the leases and design criteria for two further tourist lodges, Mbweha Camp on the edge of Lake Nakuru National Park, and Mawe Mbili Lodge.

This is part of the greater plan for the Soysambu Conservancy, together with the establishment of two forestry partnerships covering 510 acres (2.1 km2).

Cholmondeley’s Personal life

In 1997, he was gored by a buffalo while walking to a launching site for paragliding in the Masai Mara.

In May 1998, he married Sally A. Brewerton. They have two sons but have since divorced.

He has been a keen motor sportsman and was Kenya Novice Motocross champion in 1986 and runner-up in the Kenya enduro championship in 2000.

In addition, he has held a private pilot’s license PPL since 2000 and has flown in Kenya, Britain, France, Germany, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Mozambique.

The Shootings

On 19 April 2005, Cholmondeley shot Kenya Wildlife Service game ranger Samson Ole Sisina on his ranch in Gilgil Division, Nakuru District.

He arrived at the slaughterhouse after his ranch employees had summoned his help during what seemed to be a robbery. He is alleged to have shot the KWS employee who was dressed in plain clothes, but insisted it was in self-defense as the ranger had shot at him first without warning.

However, a witness account says the victim was shot in the back. The Attorney General Amos Wako discontinued the case by issuing a nolle prosequi. This decision was widely

This decision was widely criticized by Kenyan media and public, with many claiming he walked free due to the influence of class and position.

On 10 May 2006, he was taken again into custody for the killing of a stonemason, Robert Njoya Mbugua, who he had discovered on his land with three companions and a pack of dogs.

Cholmondeley told police he had shot at the dogs, killing two of them, and that he had not intended to shoot Mr. Njoya.

He was held at theKamiti Maximum Security Prison after the incident and during the ongoing court proceedings. The trial began 25 September 2006. An interlocutory appeal on a question of procedural law was decided on 13 June 2008.

He won an appeal to uphold his right to a fair trial. In March 2009, lay assessors in his trial found him not guilty. On 7 May 2009, Judge Muga Apondi, sitting as a single judge and not bound by the lay assessors’ verdict, acquitted Cholmondeley of murder but found him guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter.

The verdict was largely based on the evidence by rally driver Carl Tundo, who had accompanied his friend Cholmondeley to the scene.

On 14 May 2009 Cholmondeley was sentenced to serve a further eight months in prison. Apondi said he was imposing a “light” sentence given that he had been imprisoned for three years already, and had tried to help Njoya with first aid and transport to the hospital.

In October 2009 Cholmondeley was released early for good behavior after serving five months of his eight-month prison sentence.

While murder carries a mandatory death sentence, manslaughter has a statutory maximum of life imprisonment but with no mandatory minimum sentence under Kenyan law.

BBC Four’s Storyville series featured the Cholmondeley trial in an episode titled “Last White Man Standing”.

Tom Cholmondeley Death

He died of heart failure on Wednesday, 17th August 2016 while undergoing a hip surgery at MP Shah Hospital Nairobi.

 Additional information: Wikipedia

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