A foreign tourist who headed to Kenya with his wife in the hope of sighting a herd of wildebeest ended up being stabbed to death over the dining table by the tour operator who organised the trip, a court has heard.
Veteran Chinese tour operator Lee Changqing appeared in the High Court in Nakuru, the fourth-largest city in Kenya, charged with murder following the stabbing death of Chinese tourist Luo Jinli on 8 August 2016.
The stabbing occurred during a scuffle over a dining table at the Sun Africa Hotel Keekorok Lodge in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the court heard. The cause of the dispute was not disclosed.
Luo, 47, had travelled to Kenya with wife, 45, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.
The Chinese couple were part of a larger group of tourists visiting the Maasai Mara to witness the wildebeest migration, an impressive wildlife spectacle and a major tourist attraction in the reserve.
Lee denied the charges and Judge Maureen Odero released him on a KES 1 million bond (about AUD 13,000) with a Kenyan surety of a similar amount.
Lee has coordinated tour groups of Chinese nationals visiting Kenya for the past 20 years, the paper reported.
Written by Peter Needham