Mourners pay tribute to Lt Col David Parkinson, 58, killed by armed gang at home in Kenya


The former British army officer hacked to death by an armed gang at his Kenyan home has been described as ‘a loyal and devoted friend’.

Lieutenant Colonel David Parkinson, 58, was killed with a machete when the gang broke into the Lolldaiga Hills cattle ranch in Nanyuki, central Kenya.

His friend Harry Bucknall, who served in the army with him, said he was ‘devastated’ by his death.

Mr Bucknall said: ‘He was a very special person, who I loved like a brother, and his wife a wonderful ray of light.

‘They were good people who loved Kenya and did so much for the locals. They didn’t deserve this.’

Lt Col Parkinson, who received an OBE in 1998, served with the Parachute Regiment between 1973 and 2003.

He spent five years as deputy director at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a game reserve, and had been responsible for the management of Lolldaiga…

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