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Puzzling life of Briton who died in Diani with Kenyan lover



By Wanja Waweru

It was planned to be a routine quad bike trip along Kwale County’s beautiful Diani coast.

But what began as a leisurely journey turned tragic when a crash killed Kenyan Jackline Kendi and British passenger Adam James Stagg.

According to a police report, the bike was traveling at a high pace when it struck the speed bump on Diani’s Beach Road, causing the rider to lose control and veer off the road before colliding with a concrete wall.  Mr. Stagg was declared dead.

But as investigations got underway, the authorities soon discovered that this was no ordinary person. He had been one of the most wanted fugitives in the UK, having been previously arrested in the Philippines.

How had he managed to start a new life in Kenya, far away from the prying eyes of the authorities? And why had he chosen Diani, of all places? As the authorities delved deeper into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, they began to uncover a web of lies and deceit that stretched years back.

He was one of the most wanted fugitives in the UK in 2016, according to findings by Saturday Nation. The most wanted fraudsters in the UK, according to UK media and intelligence sources, included Mr. Stagg and nine other people in 2016.’

Stagg went to the Philippines to seek refuge, where he was subsequently detained. He was allegedly living a life of luxury while there, fully conscious that he was wanted by the police for allegedly defrauding victims out of a total of £20,000 for expensive watches that were never delivered.

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After his detention in the Philippines in 2017, it was unclear what transpired or when he flew into the nation.

These are some of the spaces that investigators would try to fill.

In an email response, the United Kingdom National Crime Agency said: “We can’t provide updates on the status of wanted individuals when they’re wanted by a police force. From open source information, it appears he was previously on a most wanted list, but wanted by Avon & Somerset Police; therefore, it is best you contact them for any information.”

“He was mainly into the cryptocurrency business. Stagg loved a luxurious life,” said one of them in an interview in Diani.

It is also believed Stagg came into the country as a tourist. Contacted for comment, his family asked for closure, noting he had been cleared of the charges and even jailed.

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