The UK government has appointed an independent investigator to look into complaints by a Kenyan family that their son was assaulted by police.

Reports by the Nation stated that the UK’s Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had assigned an official to investigate the circumstances under which her son was beaten by the police last month.

“We have been informed that an independent investigator, separate from the police, who will handle the case,” the victim's mother was quoted by the publication.

For now, the officer will take witness statements from all those who were present during the incident," she added.


Public Outcry

The man in question is said to be mentally ill, is said to have been assaulted after his mother called an ambulance to take him to hospital.

Essex Police officers arrived at her home on September 21 and beat up her son claiming he had resisted arrest.

The incident in Colchester, Essex in the UK, raised public fury in Kenya and the UK after a video of the beating was uploaded online.

The Kenyan government write to UK authorities demanding urgent investigations into the beating an unarmed man.