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British man charged with murder over woman's death in Kenya

Published 10/06/2016

Richard Alden is the former chief executive of an internet and multimedia service provider in Kenya
Richard Alden is the former chief executive of an internet and multimedia service provider in Kenya

A British former chief executive of a pioneering internet firm has been charged with murder in Kenya over the death of a woman who was shot in his house.

Richard Alden, 53, denied the charges, and Justice Stella Mutuku ordered that he be held until Thursday when his bail application will be heard.

Alden is the former chief executive of Wananchi Group, an internet and multimedia service provider in Kenya.

His previous lawyer, Evans Monari, said Grace Wangeci, 42, died after she shot herself while taking a picture of herself with Alden's gun.

His current lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, said Alden was in a different room when Ms Wangeci shot herself and there is no proof she was taking a selfie.

Mr Ombeta said: "Our defence is that while this incident took place, Mr Alden was in a different room where the gun and the safe were. The deceased is the only one who knows what happened."

In his argument for bail, Alden, a father of three, said he took Ms Wangeci to hospital after the shooting and called the police.

"This clearly shows that I am not a flight risk and I did not escape, even when the opportunity presented itself," he said in court documents.

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