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.
LV Prison gates
SV Poole's lawyer leaves prison
LV Poole's family walk across courtyard
GV Family leave in car
CU Woman weeps in car
SV Africans look on
Back View Car away
LV Poole's Nairobi shop
SV Name on door
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: 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.