Freed British hostage gives evidence at abduction trial

Judith Tebbutt after her release from captivity in Somalia Photo: ITV News

The British tourist, whose husband was killed when they were kidnapped in Kenya described to a Kenyan court via a Skype video link, the terrifying events of that night.

Judith Tebbutt said she "did not recognise" the hotel worker in the dock. She was snatched from her isolated beach hut by Somali pirates, in which would be the last time she would see her husband, David Tebbutt. Mrs Tebbutt was held in captivity for seven months before being released in March this year.

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Kenyan suspect Ali Babitu Kololo, who was sacked from his job at the Kiwayu Safari Village several months before the attack, was charged with robbery with violence and kidnapping with the intention to murder.

The 56-year-old Briton was abducted from the remote resort, close to the border with Somalia, last September by a gang who killed her husband David, 58. Her husband was thought to have been shot when the gang raided the couple's beach cottage in the early-hours attack.

However, ITV News' Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reported that Mrs Tebbutt told the suspect in court: "No, don't know you".

Kololo has pleaded not guilty to the charges which holds a capital offence. British investigators continue to investigate several other suspects connected to the case.