Kenyan machete killer who butchered 400 people in his homeland can stay in UK on benefits
- John Thuo, 27, killed hundreds as part of criminal Mungiki sect in Nairobi
- Granted asylum after living in rent-free accomodation in Coventry for 10 years
- Threatened to kill himself if he was deported to Kenya, where gang could have him beheaded for treachery
By Andy Dolan
John Thuo's semi-detached home in Coventry is funded by the taxpayer. After spending ten years in the UK, he has been granted asylum for the next three
A murderer who killed up to 400 people in his homeland has been granted asylum in Britain.
John Thuo, 27, who butchered many of his victims in machete attacks in his native Kenya, has spent a decade living here in rent-free accommodation provided by the National Asylum Support Service.
He is believed to receive an allowance of up to £160 a month from the service, the Home Office unit responsible for asylum seekers’ housing.
Thuo, who was a member of the outlawed Mungiki sect in Kenya, admitted at an immigration tribunal that he killed ‘about 100 to 400 people’.
He also took part in female genital mutilation.
He was granted leave to remain in the UK for three years after an appeal, under the Human Rights Act, to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
He says deporting him would infringe his human rights because he would face execution by the sect on his return.
Approached at his home in suburban Coventry, where neighbours knew nothing about his brutal history, he said: ‘It’s true – I killed a lot of people. I don’t like talking about my past. I feel guilty for what I’ve done. I feel remorse.’
Thuo, who has done a stint as a removal man in the UK, said: ‘I’ve started a new life here and I’m looking for regular work. If I go back, they’ll behead me.’
Asked if he is monitored by the Home Office, he said: ‘No, I don’t have to meet anyone. I’m free.’
One of his neighbours in the West Midlands city said: ‘I had no idea about him killing all those people. It’s terrifying. There’s a lot of children who live in this street.’
The neighbour added: ‘He’s quite a big drinker. He’ll buy bottles of vodka and get drunk. When he does that he gets aggressive.’
Thuo’s appeal against being removed from the UK was granted in March after an expert witness testified that Mungiki members were known to behead those who had fled the organisation.
The judge also took into consideration Thuo’s mental health, and threats that he would kill himself if he was deported.