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Yet Another Reason Not to Holiday in Africa (Husband Shot, Wife Kidnapped)

You wouldn't catch me in Africa. Fuck that.
$900 a night, no wooden doors just cloth, 50km from Somalia. dumb dumb


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September 13, 2011 - 4:06PM
They were the only guests at a remote Kenyan safari resort with $900-a night huts - where cloth instead of doors are used - when the killers came.

Now special forces have reportedly joined the search for Englishwoman Judith Tebbutt, snatched from an exclusive Kenyan resort after her husband David was shot dead in front of her.

The 56-year-old - taken by gunmen in a speedboat after Sunday's murder at the Kiwayu Safari Village resort on the Lamu archipelago - could now be in Somalia in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels, British media report.

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Kiwayu Safari village and, inset, David Tebbutt, shot in front of his wife. Photo: AFP/Sky News

"It's going to be difficult to admit that once she's in Somalia, the whole thing becomes a very different ball game," a Kenyan security expert told London's Daily Telegraph.

Mr Tebbutt, 58, was found by hotel staff lying in a pool of blood and wearing only his pyjama pants outside the grass hut. He had been shot once in the chest, the resort's employees said.

The resort is renowned for its remote location on Kenya's north coast with its clear, blue waters and white sands.


Armed police patrol the beach near the resort. Photo: AFP

Some of its high-profile guests included Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and actress Imelda Staunton. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly considered the spot as one of their honeymoon destinations, The Independent reported.

Unusual kidnap

The resort is less than 50 kilometres from Somalia, which has been without a stable government since 1991 and is experiencing a devastating famine in its southern regions.

Kenyan police and military were now searching for Mrs Tebbutt by air, sea and road in a 500-kilometre area around the resort.

A Kenyan police source told the Daily Mail: "We suspect they were [taken by] al-Shabaab and that is why the search is being concentrated at the Somalia border."

The BBC quoted Kenyan police commissioner Mathew Iteere as saying: "Maybe they wanted to take the two and [the husband] resisted and that's why he was shot. So far we do not really know the motive. We are treating it as just a bandit attack. But since we are reliably informed that they abducted that lady, maybe sooner or later they may contact us, maybe seeking ransom."

Mrs Tebutt's friends fear she would struggle to communicate with the kidnappers as she has hearing problems.

"Judy only has around 30 or 40 per cent hearing and wears a double hearing aid," an unnamed friend told the Telegraph.

"If she has them in and they are working then she is fine, but if she does not have them or once the batteries run out then she will have great difficulty hearing what people are saying to her."

The couple, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, had been married for 26 years and were described by friends as frequent travellers.

They have a son, 25-year-old Oliver, who said he was "devastated" by the news, The Sun reported.

"It is very typical of David to try and save his wife by taking on the kidnappers," Desmond Clarke, a former colleague of Mr Tebbutt at Thomson Reuters, told The Independent.

Mr Tebbutt was a finance director at the publishers Faber and Faber.

"He was a delightful man to work with - who combined professional seriousness with enormous personal charm," Mr Clarke said
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Where did you get the "raped" part from?

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Re: Yet Another Reason Not to Holiday in Africa (husband Shot, Wife Kidnap'd N Raped)

weird how media has different facts about this.
http://www.anorak.co.uk/293165/news/...-village.html/

no mention of rape so i remove that from thread title

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weird how media has different facts about this.
http://www.anorak.co.uk/293165/news/...-village.html/

no mention of rape so i remove that from thread title
Weird??? That's how the media does shit. I read a headline the other day saying "Explosion at French Nuclear Power Plant" Reading through the story it was actually a nuclear waste depot.

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thats no different to any tourist dying anywhere

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A British woman abducted in Kenya is reportedly being held in the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia by the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab.
According to news agency the Somali Report, Judith Tebbutt was taken to Kismayo in Somalia's Lower Juba region on Monday and will be presented to the media by militants at a press conference.
Mrs Tebbutt, 56, was snatched from the remote Kiwayu Safari Village, close to the Kenyan border with Somalia, by a gang who killed her 58-year-old husband David in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mrs Tebbutt, believed to be deaf and to wear a double hearing aid, is said to have been bundled into a boat which sped away from the isolated island resort.
Police in Kenya are reported to have arrested a man suspected of being involved in Mr Tebbutt's murder and the kidnap of his widow.
A team of Metropolitan Police officers travelled to Kenya on Tuesday to help local authorities with their investigations.

A Met spokeswoman said the UK officers would also be helping in the repatriation of Mr Tebbutt's body.
She said: 'The officers have travelled at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with agreement of the Kenyan authorities.'
The Foreign Office said a team has been deployed to the area from the High Commission in Nairobi and called for those involved in the kidnapping to 'show compassion'.
Kiwayu Safari Village issued a statement on Tuesday saying everyone at the resort was 'devastated' by what had happened.
It said they are 'offering every assistance' they can to help with the investigation.
The Tebbutts, from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, had arrived after visiting the Masai Mara game reserve and were the resort's only guests.

Consisting of 18 luxury cottages spread along a private beach, the resort is popular with backpackers and celebrities including artist Tracey Emin and actress Imelda Staunton.
The Foreign Office is warning against 'all but essential travel to within 30km of Kenya's border with Somalia'.
It also warns against piracy, referring to the kidnapping of two British nationals, Paul and Rachel Chandler, in October 2009 as they sailed from the Seychelles to Tanzania.
The retired couple, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, spent 388 days in captivity until they were released last November after a ransom of up to a million US dollars (£620,000) was paid.
Kidnap-for-ransom consultant Ben Lopez has said it is a 'waiting game' to see what the gang wants with Mrs Tebbutt. Hostage negotiator Mr Lopez, who works for Compass Risk Management, which specialises in the prevention and mitigation of incidents of kidnap, said it could be days before the kidnappers get in touch.
The Tebbutts' son Oliver is reported to be 'devastated' and tributes have poured in for his father, who worked for publisher Faber & Faber.

David Hicks, chief executive of the Book Trade Charity, who met Mr Tebbutt more than 10 years ago, said: 'He was a lovely chap, he was on the grants committee. He was a very caring person and very concerned about the people that we were supporting financially'
It was claimed last night that Islamic extremists were tipped off about the British tourist kidnapped in Kenya by a handyman who had worked at their resort.
He told police he alerted the radicals that Mr and Mrs Tebbut were staying at the resort near the Somali border to save his own skin.
Police say the suspect, Ali Babitu, fell under the spell of Al Shabaab, which is waging an insurgency against the Western-backed Somali government.
Detectives believe the raid was an ‘inside job’ and arrested Babitu, who has admitted helping the kidnappers.
The Kenyan handyman used to work at the Kiwayu Safari Village, where the Tebbutts were staying, before he lost his job.
He is accused of directing the bandits to their prey – but he claims he was a hostage himself and was held at gunpoint.

As Scotland Yard detectives joined the hunt for Mrs Tebbutt, Kenyan detectives said they were still questioning Babitu, who is in his 30s, after he handed himself in.
A police source said: ‘The man contacted the police and said he had been involved in the incident. He said he was taken captive by the bandits and spent several hours as a hostage.
‘They apparently knew he had worked at the hotel, and waited until dark before forcing him to lead him into the grounds.
'He has claimed they let him go as they entered the couple’s cottage, and he ran away into the night.’
The officer added: ‘Although he claims to be a victim he is being treated as a suspect. The story could be right but he is being interrogated by detectives to test whether he is telling the truth.’
The Tebbutts, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, were attacked on Saturday night, the first night of their stay at the resort, a remote spot 18 miles from the Somali border, after a week on safari in the Masi Mara.
Mr Tebbutt, 58, who was finance director of publishers Faber and Faber, was executed with a single gunshot when raiders struck at their grass-woven hut.

Friends fear Mrs Tebbutt, who is deaf, will be going through hell after seeing her husband of 26 years murdered, and not being able to communicate with her tormentors once the batteries of her hearing aid run out.

Yesterday, their only child Oliver, 25, a furniture designer who lives in Bideford, Devon, was at their Hertfordshire home with two police officers. He is ‘devastated’ by what has happened to his parents.
Mrs Tebbutt, a counsellor at a rehabilitation centre, was initially held seven miles from the Kenyan border and then in the port city of Marka, a heartland of Al Shabaab – 45-miles south west of the Somali capital Mogadishu – after being taken by boat by up to six bandits.
She is said to have been moved twice since then.
No ransom demand has been received – and no trace found in Kenya of Mrs Tebbutt despite a massive air, sea and land search and the help of UK Special Forces.
A team of Scotland Yard officers arrived in Kenya yesterday to assist the investigation, flying into Nairobi and chartering a private plane to Kiwayu.
A Kenyan police source claimed the Yard officers had taken effective control of the three day-old investigation.
It emerged last night that the Tebbutts first met in Africa.
Family members said the couple ‘loved’ East Africa and had regularly travelled to the continent as they were fascinated by the safari parks.
Mrs Tebbutt moved to Zambia with her first husband, Robert Lester, in the late 1970s, when he got a job as an electrical engineer at a copper mine.
After the marriage broke down in the 1980s, she met Mr Tebbutt, who was working at the mine as an accountant.


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Dreadful story
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thats no different to any tourist dying anywhere
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A kidnapped British tourist was dragged 'kicking and screaming' into the Somali town of Kisamayo by armed men, according to a witness.
Judith Tebbutt, 56, was handed to a gang of armed militants before being driven away in a convoy of Toyota Land cruisers.
She had been on holiday in Kenya with her husband David when suspected pirates broke into their £560-a-night cottage.
The graphic account came as the first pictures emerged of Ali Babitu Kololo, a Kenyan man arrested on suspicion of being involved with the kidnap.

Arrested: Kenyan Ali Babitu Kololo will appear in court tomorrow to face charges of abduction and robbery:


The assailants shot dead Mr Tebbutt, a publishing executive, before bundling Mrs Tebutt into a fishing boat and taking her to Somalia.
A witness who works in the port town of Kisamayo told the Sunday Times that he looked on as Mrs Tebutt was handed to a gang of armed militants.
The porter told the newspaper: 'Armed men came to the port before the boats came, they took all the porters including me to rooms to hide what was going on.

'Then two speedboats with a dozen masked men in them docked.'
He said that Mrs Tebbutt, who has a 25-year-old son, was taken to Middle Shabelle, a rebel stronghold in central Somali controlled by militant Islamic group Al-Shabaab.
Kenyan police investigating the kidnap and murder believe that the assailants are members of the Ras Kamboni brigades, which are part of the Al-Shabaab.
A Kenyan man, Ali Babitu Kololo, 25, was arrested last week and is believed to have helped with the kidnapping.
Police sources today said the former hotel worker will appear in court tomorrow on the island of Lamu.
He will face charges of abduction and robbery in connection with last Saturday's tragedy.




National police spokesman Eric Kiriathe today confirmed the hotel worker would be formally charged after he was arrested last Sunday over the tragedy.
He said: 'We can confirm that the suspect will be in court in Lamu on Monday.

'He will be charged with abduction and robbery with violence.'
The decision to charge Babitu was taken as the suspect was yesterday seen for the first time in public since his arrest last Sunday.
The divorced father of two is a former employee of the remote Kiwayu Safari Village where Mr and Mrs Tebbutt were attacked.
The couple, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, had just arrived at the exclusive resort when a gang of suspected pirates burst into their beach cottage last Saturday night.
Babitu, who was previously employed as a maintenance worker at the hotel, handed himself into police the following morning.
He allegedly admitted to detectives that he had helped direct the armed raiders to the Tebbutts' cottage the previous evening.
But he is believed to have claimed he did so only under duress after being held up at gunpoint himself.
Babitu spent last week in custody at a police station on Kenya's mainland before being transferred yesterday to Lamu.
Barefoot and dressed in a baggy T-shirt and trousers, he was then led onto the quay side and taken to the island's police station.
Officials said he was due to appear in court early tomorrow morning.
A second suspect Isa Sheikh Saadi, 37, was yesterday also transferred to Lamu after being arrested on Tuesday.
The Kenyan national, believed to be an associate of Babitu, was today still being questioned by police.

A major search and rescue operation remains underway to find Mrs Tebbutt, who is partially deaf.
Experts have said it is likely her kidnappers are preparing to film a video in which they are expected to demand a ransom for her release.
A team of Metropolitan Police detectives last week flew to Kenya to help the investigation.
The officers conducted a forensic examination of the luxurious Kiwayu resort, which lies just 30 miles south of the Somali border.
It is believed Mr Tebbutt died after being shot in the chest as tried to protect his wife from the attackers.
His body is expected to be repatriated this week to Britain.

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