A retired British Army officer who ran a game reserve where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests has been killed by a gang of thieves at his home in Kenya.
Lieutenant Colonel David Parkinson, 58, and his wife, Sonya, were attacked by the gang at their ranch as they slept in the early hours of on Sunday morning.
The intruders entered the couple’s bedroom by breaking a glass door using a large stone,Local police chief Marius Tum said
They then ordered the couple to hand over money and guns.During the confrontation, Lt Col Parkinson’s hand was cut off and he was fatally wounded, police said.
They also tied the hands of his wife Sonya as they continued to attack Mr Parkinson.She ,however, managed to let lost the ropes and ran to a stronger room.
On coming out ,she found her husband lying dead.
Mr Parkinson, who received an OBE in 1998, was the deputy director of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for five years from 2003. When the Duke of Cambridge fell in love with the reserve after spending part of his gap year there.
Describing the reserve as one of the “happiest times” of his life ,he decided to take Kate Middleton to the 62,000-acre sanctuary for a romantic holiday in 2005, before returning with her to propose in 2010.