Squaddies ‘made vile jokes about murder of mum’ after body was found in septic tank

A group of British soldiers made jokes about the alleged murder of a Kenyan prostitute after her body was found in a septic tank, it has been claimed.

Agnes Wanjiru, 21, was discovered at the Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki, close to the British Army Training Unit Kenya camp – two months after going missing in March 2012.

Agnes was a single mother to daughter Stacy at the time of her death, and it is claimed she died. A post mortem determined she died as a result of stab wounds to her chest and abdomen.

The soldier’s identity is protected, he is known only as Soldier X, although his name is said to be an “open secret” amongst soldiers in the regiment.

Agnes, who was sex worker, was last seen leaving the hotel bar with Soldier X.

It has now been claimed that nine soldiers from the same regiment made vile jokes about her her death several years after her death on Facebook.

One of the regiment is said to have posted two photos of the Lions Court Hotel, with the the caption ‘If you know, you know’ alongside a crying with laughter emoji.

Others responded to the post, with one posting the comment “sceptic tank” and other posting a ghost emoji.

A third wrote the comment: “Rum gaff” – meaning “dodgy place”.

Most shockingly, Soldier X himself posted the emoji of an angel, while others then replied with crying-laughing emojis and a cartoon of a baby crying at a funeral from TV show Family Guy.

Agnes’ daughter was only five months old at the time of her death.

Another soldier then asks Soldier X if he gets “all choked up thinking about that place” – in an apparent reference to the allegations of how he killed Agnes.

Soldier X is then said to have replied: “Come to think of it I have had a sore throat today.”

The story of Agnes’ death was laid bare in a bombshell report from the Sunday Times, which reported another squaddie – Soldier Y – said Soldier X rushed to the bar where the others were drinking on the night of her death.

Soldier X is said to have confessed to her death, before leading them to the septic tank where her body was hidden.

“He took me to the tank and lifted it up, and I looked in and I just remember seeing her in there,” Soldier Y told the paper.

“My heart sank. My mind just went blank. The only thing I could say to him was: ‘I’ll never forgive you for this’.”

Soldier Y said he told senior officers what happened, but accused the regiment of “covering up” the murder after no action was taken.

Two criminal inquiries were ordered by Kenyan judge Njeri Thuku, but no action was or has been taken by the Army.

In 2019, an inquest into her death ruled Agnes was by one or two British soldiers..

The head of the Army has said he is “appalled” by claims in the report, and said he is “determined” to find out what happened.

In a statement, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith wrote: “I am sure you are all as appalled as I am at the recent allegations surrounding the murder of Agnes Wanjiru in Nanyuki, Kenya, in 2012.”

He added: “I want you to know I am determined we support the appropriate authorities to establish the facts of the issue as quickly as possible.”