|Putney Pensioner In High Court Accused Of Mau Mau Torture|
Unable to defend himself as he suffers from Alzheimer’s
80 year old Terence Gavaghan, was awarded the MBE for his work during the Mau Mau rebellion between 1952 - 1960 but is now in court accused of torture. The rebellion involved a Kikuyu dominated anti-colonial group called the Mau Mau and elements of the British Army, auxiliaries and anti-Mau Mau Kikuyu.
Documents have been produced that states that upon arrival at the camp 'Immediately, he was beaten with 25 stokes of the cane which caused him to
lose consciousness.' It continues ‘After this for five days Gavaghan made the detainees, including Mr Nyingi, dig trenches to a depth and width of eight feet. They would then be required to fill them up again, rendering the work pointless.' A separate document claims Mr Gavaghan once watched as Mr Nyingi was given 72 strokes of the cane.
April 11, 2011