Police investigate murder of Wiltshire man in St Lucia

Police investigate murder of Wiltshire man in St Lucia

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:17am 15th January 2019. (Updated at 9:06am 15th January 2019)

The victim was found dead at his home on the Caribbean island.

The victim has been named by local news reports and friends as marina owner and manager Robert Hathaway who had lived on the island for almost twenty years.

It is understood the 66 year old, originally from Codford St Peter,  was found by a neighbour over the weekend at his home.

Police on the Caribbean island confirmed they were treating Mr Hathaway's death as a homicide.

A spokesman for police said:

"The body of a British national was found where he lived in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet.

"We are treating his death as a homicide."

"We will be getting in touch with his family in the UK. We don't yet know if he has any next of kin on St Lucia."

Keats Compton, president of the Marine Industries Association of Saint Lucia and a close friend of Mr Hathaway, said news of the death was "horrific".

"Apart from anything else, Bob was a pal of mine. He was on the executive committee of the (Marine Industries) Association and he was an integral part of it.

"I'm also concerned because the yachting fraternity is very close-knit, and the fact that this kind of thing can happen - if it's not reported properly it can do the industry quite a lot of damage."

Mr Hathaway, who is understood to have been divorced, founded the Marigot Sunshine marina catering for smaller yachts and super yachts.

He studied engineering at the University of Cambridge before a career in local government, according to the business's website.

At 37, he spent a sabbatical year cruising the Mediterranean before changing careers to become operations director of a yacht-building and repair company in Southampton.

He sailed to St Lucia in 2001 and bought land in Marigot Bay.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

"Our staff are supporting the family of a British man following his death in St Lucia, and are in contact with the St Lucian police."

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