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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kenya: British Couple, Norman And Rita Joel, Stabbed To Death While On Vacation

Nicky Trup | Independent

An elderly British couple were stabbed to death while on holiday in Kenya by two men they had been donating money to, police said yesterday.

The bodies of Norman and Rita Joel, of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, were found dumped in the village of Mwakirunge, 16km from Mombasa. An autopsy revealed that both Mr Joel, 70, and his wife, 67, died from multiple stab wounds.

Both Mr and Mrs Joel had been frequent visitors to Kenya for nearly 20 years, owned a home in the country and were known to have given money to local communities.

A Foreign Office spokesman said the British High Commission was made aware of the deaths on 15 October, but could not confirm when the murders took place. According to Kenyan Police, the retired couple were killed a day after arriving in the country.

Two men were arrested prior to the discovery of the bodies, after a patrolling policeman spotted them driving a bloodstained car. Police believe the murders took place in the car, which had been rented for the couple by one of the suspects. The alleged murder weapons have also been recovered.

Kenyan police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said: "We have two suspects in custody. The suspects were known to the couple, as they had been receiving monetary assistance from them."

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