A retired nursing home manager had his throat slit for just £60 after returning to rural Kenya to do charity work.

Titus Musee, 66, a former manager at Shirley View, Cheam, and deputy manager of St Jude's nursing home, Sutton, was working in a remote area not far from the capital Nairobi on February 5 when he was mugged and murdered for his wallet and phone.

Two of his alleged killers have been caught by police and are said to have confessed and police are hunting a third man.

If convicted they face the death penalty or life in prison.

Mr Musee, who lived in West Ewell, worked as a nurse at Tooting Bec Hospital before becoming a highly respected manager the nursing homes in Cheam, Sutton and Woodside, View in Caterham.

He came to Britain from Kenya in 1967, aged 23.

After he retired Mr Musee returned to his home country where he had been helping to build a well and run a cornershop serving rural villagers. He was due back in the UK next month.

The Manager of Shirley View care home, Alagiah Loganathan, 51, from Merton, has worked at the care home for 12 years.

He said Mr Musee first worked there in 2003 when he was a manager and then again in 2007-2008 when he returned as a staff nurse.

Mr Loganathan said: "He was a very nice person and he was very knowledgeable.

"It is very sad - he was a very nice man; intelligent.

"He was a very good friend of mine.

"He was a very excellent worker and we would help each other - I learnt much of my management techniques and skills from him that’s why I’m a manager now."

"He used to go on holidays to Kenya- he invested a lot of money there; he had businesses there.

Mr Loganathan described Mr Musee as a family man who would help people when they had a problem and give them counselling.

He said all the staff and residents liked him and everybody knew him as just "Titus".

Mr Musee’s local councillor in West Ewell Jean Steer said: "He’s gone out to do good and help where it is really needed and he has been attacked like this.

"My feelings are of absolute horror and my thoughts are with his family, who must be absolutely devastated."

Kenya has become known for its high level of crime.

Last September David Tebbut was shot dead at a beach resort in the country and his wife Judy was kidnapped.

The British Foreign Office (BFO) has advised against travelling to low income areas of Nairobi and only last week, several people were killed and injured after a series of grenade explosions at a bus station in Nairobi’s business district.

Jane Moyo, head of media relations at Action Aid, which has worked in Kenya for more than 40 years, said: "We do know that it can be dangerous particularly now with the problem over terrorist attacks and it’s always an issue and you have to take security very seriously.

"We know just how difficult the situation can be in Kenya at times."

A spokesman for BFO said: "We are providing consular assistance to the family and we understand that the matter is being investigated by the Kenyan authorities."