Thomas Cholmondeley, Kenyan Aristocrat, Convicted Of Manslaughter
NAIROBI, Kenya One of Kenya's most famous white aristocrats was convicted of manslaughter Thursday in the shooting of a black poacher, a case that underlined sharp divisions over land, race and privilege in the African country.
Thomas Cholmondeley (CHUM-lee), 40, was originally charged with murder over the 2006 shooting of 37-year-old Robert Njoya.
The poacher had been accompanied by two machete-wielding friends and six dogs as they checked illegal traps on Cholmondeley's 56,000-acre Rift Valley farm.
But they unexpectedly ran into Cholmondeley and his friend, rally driver Carl "Flash" Tundo. Cholmondeley says he fired at the group to frighten off the dogs.