British couple killed while on holiday in Kenya

kenya_mombassa_beachTwo British pensioners were killed during an attempted robbery while on holiday in Kenya. (picture: Mombasa beach)

Norman Joel, 70, was reportedly stabbed 17 times and sustained severe head wounds. His wife, Rita, 67, was reportedly stabbed 11 times during the attack in Mombasa on the Kenyan coast.

A police investigation was launched following the deaths. A source close to the investigation said police had arrested two people, one of whom was allegedly caught with jewellery belonging to the couple.

The deaths were reported to the High Commission on October 15. It is unclear whether the bodies were discovered in their hotel room or whether it was a street attack.

The couples family are reportedly preparing for the bodies to be flown home to Southend in Essex.

Mr Joels brother, Jack, told the Mail on Sunday: “All they wanted to do was enjoy the sunshine, lie on the beach and soak up the local culture. We are all absolutely shocked and so upset.” Mr Joel said that the couple, who were together for 20 years, were seasoned travellers. They had no children together but Rita had a son from her first marriage.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the reported deaths of two British nationals in Mombasa, Kenya. We are in contact with the family and will be keeping them updated on information we receive from the Kenyan authorities.”

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