US man demands KES 2.6 billion compensation after elephant kills his wife, baby
06 October 2016, 08:34
Nyeri - A man from United States of America (USA) wants a compensation of KES 2.6 billion after his wife and child were trampled to death by an elephant in Mount Kenya forest.
Jeffrey Brown’s wife, Sharon Brown and her daughter Margaux Brown, were trampled and killed by an elephant on January 4, 2010 during a nature walk in the Mt Kenya Forest reserve area.
They were on a tour at Castle Forest Lodge in Kirinyaga County when the incident occurred.
Brown, in a case filed at Nyeri High Court where he has named Kenya Forest Service and the Kenya Wildlife Service as respondents, argued that the deaths were caused by negligence.
However, a tour guide who was directing the man, his wife and three other members of the family said he informed them that it was not safe for them to go on nature walk in the forest.
Ibrahim Maina told Justice Jairus Ngaah that the family was aware of the impending danger in the forest.
Maina said before they left the hotel to the forest, the tourist saw and read warning signs.
“After walking for about an hou,r it started raining and I requested them to go back but they insisted on continuing with thewalk. Mrs Brown removed a cap from her bag to protect the baby. Even after persuading them to go back, they refused to listen,” he said.
Maina, appearing in court as witness, said the elephant charged at him first then he told them to run for safety.
He added that the woman ran to the right while carrying her baby as others escaped to the left.
“She decided to cross and join the rest of her family on the left side, coming between me and the elephant. That was when the elephant knocked her from the back and tossed her in the air, killing her on the spot,” Maina told the court.
He said the baby died on the way back to the hotel.
Their bodies were flown to Nairobi by a KFS helicopter and later to USA for burial.
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