Former Eastbourne student shot dead in Kenya

A former student of Eastbourne College has been shot dead in Kenya '“ Kenyan police have said.

Monday, 6th March 2017, 1:33 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
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Tristan Voorspuy, who attended the College from 1968-1973 and lived at the family home in Folkington, was the founder of the luxury safari company Offbeat Safaris. He was born in South Africa but raised in Sussex. He was in the British Army for six years, leaving in 1981. After leaving the army he moved to Cape Town after working for a safari company, created Offbeat Safaris in 1990.

Mr Voorspuy was killed on Sunday in Laikipia while inspecting some of his lodges.

He had been looking at a lodge in his Sosian ranch that had been set alight, according to local authorities.

Mombasa-based business Scenic Air Safaris posted a tribute on its Facebook page, saying: “It is with very very deep sadness that we report the tragic death of Tristan Voorspuy co-owner of Offbeat Safaris and Sosian Ranch in an incident in Laikipia today, Sunday March 4.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Cindy and family and to his friends and partners at Sosian Lodge and Offbeat Safaris. A true officer and a gentleman.#sosianlodge #offbeatsafaris.”

A Foreign Office spokesperson said, “We are offering support to the family of the British national who has died in Kenya and we are in touch with local authorities.”