Julie Ward: coming soon.....

“A Threat to Tourism”


The Julie Ward Story is a tragic case of a young woman stuck down in the prime of her life whilst taking a ‘gap year’ to pursue her personal development, sense of adventure, and love of photography.

The case would almost certainly have been brushed under the table had the authorities at the time had their ways.

The attempted verdict of suicide would have closed the case and confined it to gather dust on a coroners shelf. However, one person, John Ward, Julie’s father, came to Kenya looking for the truth.

Without John Ward there would be have been no case, it was, and still is his single handed determination that has drawn out this case for over 20yrs, and still today new evidence and revelations are being unearthed.

The unbelievable anguish experienced by Julie’s parents in losing their daughter in the most horrific of circumstances, was further compounded by a remarkably reluctant response on the parts of the UK and Kenyan authorities to investigate further.

How and why could and would they do that?

They had not gambled on the fact that someone out there wanted to get to the truth of the matter, and that person had the personal tenacity, ability and means to pursue not just the murder of his daughter but also two governments who had vested interests in closing the case down.

Now in his mid 70’s John Ward explains some of the salient points of the case in this rare footage.


Julie Ann Ward left Nairobi on 2nd September heading for a weekend away in the Masai Mara. She drove a yellow-brown Suzuki to the reserve but never returned.

Julie was a keen wildlife photographer, and was taking an extended break from her work as a publishers assistant in Suffolk.

She was born 20th April 1960..Her ‘family’ nickname was “Muff”

The Julie Ward Story
A recent new investigation into Julie’s Murder has been undertaken by a  team from Scotland Yard.......


February 1988 - Julie, 28, leaves home in Suffolk for seven-month trip

7 September 1988 - She disappears from her campsite at the Masai Mara game reserve

13 September 1988 - Her charred and mutilated remains are found nearby.Kenyan authorities initially insist she had either committed suicide or been killed by wild animals.

January 1989 - Kenyan police refuse to conduct a murder inquiry. Julie's father begins his own investigation.

October 1989 - Kenyan court rules that Julie was murdered.

February 1990 - Mr Ward persuades UK Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd to order an investigation by Scotland Yard. Detectives fly to Kenya.

January 1992 - Two rangers from the Masai Mara reserve go on trial for Julie's murder.

June 1992 - The pair are acquitted, and the trial judge declares there has been a cover-up to protect Kenya's expanding tourist industry.

November 1993 - Focus switches to claims that Julie was murdered for political reasons after stumbling across a smuggling operation.

1996 - The man behind the claims is discredited.

1997 - Kenya provides a team of independent police officers to mount a fresh inquiry into Julie's death as her father keeps up his high-profile campaign to find her killers.

July 1998 -Gamekeeper Simon Ole Makallah is charged with her murder.

1 March 1999 - Makallah goes on trial in Nairobi.

17 September 1999 - Judge clears Makallah of murder. After the acquittal, Mr Ward demands a retrial, but his plea goes unanswered.

November 2001 - Police Complaints Authority agrees to supervise an investigation by another force of the original Scotland Yard inquiry.

2 March 2004 - Greater Suffolk coroner Peter Dean announces he will resume an inquest into Julie's death, 16 years after it was opened.

26 April 2004 - The long-awaited inquest takes place in Ipswich.

6 Sept 2008-Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, wrote an independent report on behalf of Lincolnshire Police, said of the role of the FCO and the British High Commission: "There is clear evidence of inconsistency and contradictions, falsehoods and downright lies, and it is this that has not surprisingly led to John Ward believing that there was an active conspiracy to prevent him from identifying his daughter's killers."

Earlier in the report, Mr Stoddart said: "This realisation [that the initial police inquiry was flawed], allied to the brazen, deceitful and dishonest behaviour of the Kenyan police; the contradictions, untruths and evasive behaviour from a member of the British High Commission (political section) led to Mr Ward pursuing a different line of inquiry – namely that the authorities had conspired deliberately to prevent Julie's murderer(s) from being brought to justice."

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