Kenya: British national charged with murder in woman's death

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Posted: Jun 10, 2016 10:22 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police on Friday charged a British man with murder in the death of a woman who was shot in his house.

Richard David Alden, 53, denied the charges. 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, told British newspapers that Grace Wangeci, 42, died after she shot herself Saturday while taking a selfie with Alden's gun.

Alden's current lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, says Alden was in a different room when Wangeci shot herself and that there is no proof she was taking a selfie.

"Our defense 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," Ombeta said.

In his argument for bail, the father of three said he took Wangeci to a 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," Alden said in court documents.