Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Army chief in Kenya shooting probe

Colonel Neil Hutton, commander of the British Army Training Unit Kenya, is under investigation
Colonel Neil Hutton, commander of the British Army Training Unit Kenya, is under investigation

A senior Army officer has been suspended after a civilian claimed he was shot on a British training base in Kenya.

Colonel Neil Hutton, commander of the British Army Training Unit Kenya, is under investigation over allegations that a Kenyan man was injured when warning shots were fired to scare off thieves.

The Royal Military Police's Special Investigation Branch has launched an inquiry into the March 17 shooting on the base, whose hot, dusty conditions help to prepare British troops heading to Afghanistan.

Sources said the investigation was looking at whether there was a link between the warning shots and the civilian turning up at a hospital later that day with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Col Hutton, formerly of the Parachute Regiment, was awarded a CBE in March 2009 for his service in Afghanistan.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a serving officer is being investigated following a shooting incident in Kenya which may have injured a local civilian.

"The Royal Military Police are conducting an investigation in conjunction with the Kenyan authorities and it is inappropriate to comment further while the investigation is ongoing."

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