• Short Summary

    Peter Poole - sentenced to hang for the October 1959 shooting of an African houseboy - was visited by his wife and parents in Nairobi jail, Kenya, Aug 18, 8 hours before execution.

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    Peter Poole - sentenced to hang for the October 1959 shooting of an African houseboy - was visited by his wife and parents in Nairobi jail, Kenya, Aug 18, 8 hours before execution. A few minutes previously his lawyer, Mr. B. Sirley, left the jail. "No hope now," he said.

    Vigorous efforts were made to obtain a reprieve for the 28-year-old settler, whose father keeps a Nairobi electrician's shop. But Kenya's governor Sir Patrick Renison and Colonial Secretary Tain McLeod turned down appeals, the intervention of several British M. Ps was fruitless, and even a cable to the Queen proved in vain. A desperate last-ditch effort was the disclosure that Poole was liable to violent fits in which he was not responsible for his actions.

    By 8 p.m. 500 people had gathered outside the jail, and shortly after the fatal hour an African cried out "Justice has been done." He was hustled away by police, determined to prevent inter-racial disturbance. Poole was the first Kenya European to die for the murder of an African.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAGC928PQUJ2L9Q40UWWS5MTFE
    Media URN:
    VLVAAGC928PQUJ2L9Q40UWWS5MTFE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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