Kenya Charges 2nd Suspect After Attack on British Couple

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenyan authorities have charged a second suspect in the murder of a British tourist and the kidnapping of his wife at an exclusive island resort near the Somali border.

Issa Sheikh Said has been charged with robbery with violence and kidnapping. The Kenyan suspect denied the allegations during a court hearing in the coastal town of Lamu on Wednesday.

Former resort worker Ali Babitu Kololo was brought into court on similar charges Monday. Kololo said then that an armed gang forced him to lead them to the couple's cottage.

Just hours after David and Judith Tebbutt checked into their open-air room at the Kiwayu Safari Village earlier this month, a group of armed men broke in, killed David Tebbutt and kidnapped his wife. They were the resort's only guests at the time.

Judith Tebbutt is still missing despite an intensive search by the Kenyan government. There are reports that her kidnappers were Somali pirates who have taken her to a remote part of Somalia.

The Kiwayu Safari Village resort is about 40 kilometers south of the Kenya-Somalia border.

The Tebbutts were visiting from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire in southeast England.

David Tebbutt was the finance director of the British publishing company Faber & Faber.