Wednesday, September 14, 2011


As a follow-up to my posting of September 13 ("Update: Kidnapped British Widow Believed to Now Be in Somalia"), social worker Judith Tebbutt, 56, whose husband, David, 58, was shot and killed during a raid on their beach cottage on Saturday (September 10), is currently believed to be unhurt and being held by Kenyan and Somali pirates. Mrs. Tebbutt is also deaf.

COMMENT: A team of Metropolitan Police from London arrived in Kenya yesterday to assist in the investigation.

Facts of the case are also becoming clearer. According to police, two heavily armed Somalians and six Kenyans traveled to the Kiwayu Safari lodge during hours of darkness and forced a security guard to tell them which huts were occupied. Unfortunately for the British couple, theirs was the only occupied cottage.

When the gang entered the couple's hut, David Tebbutt resisted and was summarily shot and killed. From information available, a ransom demand is expected in coming days. It is also believed that an employee of the upscale resort tipped off the pirates to the fact that the Tebbutt's had just arrived at the Lodge.

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