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Post  Max on Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:40 am



http://www.algarvedailynews.com/news/6941-vilamoura-death-of-wealthy-british-businessman-inquest-begins


Vilamoura death of wealthy British businessman - inquest begins
Created: 14 October 2015

vilamouraA wealthy businessman, who died in mysterious circumstances on a golfing break in the Algarve, is the subject of an inquest in the UK.

Charles Raper, 34, died 10 years ago while staying in Vilamoura with 17 of his friends.

It remains unclear whether Mr Raper was run over by a vehicle, stabbed, fell off a wall or was involved in a fight. He was taken to hospital suffering from serious injuries but died after an operation to remove his spleen.

At the Coroner’s Court in Woking, Surrey on Monday October 12th the inquest into his death learned Mr Raper was holidaying with rugby and Oxford University friends who had taken part in drinking games.

One of Mr Raper's closest friends, David Currie a former Harlequins rugby star, gave evidence about how he found his friend lying in a car park.


He told the inquest how he called Mr Raper's firm Blue Hackle in London to “ask about insurance details."

"I told them he could have fallen from a wall, been stabbed or hit by a car," he said, adding that a member of the medical staff had said he had been stabbed.


Many of Mr Raper's friends are scheduled to give evidence during the 10 day hearing.

Mr Currie told the inquest that the group was “a boisterous bunch” who had known each other since university or through rugby and that there were some big drinkers there.

Coroner Richard Travers asked Currie if the group had come up with a scenario to “protect” another member of the group, which he denied. Ian Desmond was at the wheel of a minibus which could have struck Mr Raper.

Raper founded a risk consultancy and security firm Blue Hackle in 2004 with his brother Michael. During his university days, he was a student at Keble College, Oxford.

When he returned to the UK, Currie admitted he spoke to a PR company without the permission of the family, to prevent any negative publicity surrounding the death

The inquest continues.


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2015-10-14 19:36
Ten years ago? Why the delay? Both Portugal and the UK coroner have waited far too long. Why?

2015-10-14 16:11
Why have the family waited so long for this ? Didn't the original post mortem / autopsy shed any light on it?

Remember though the dead Australian woman in the Algarve a few years back and the Australians complaining that the autopsy in Portugal had been wildly inaccurate and not detailed enough. That she had apparently died violently - perhaps defending herself. Which makes Algarve Tourism look bad.

Is this the problem here too ?



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Re: Vilamoura death of wealthy British businessman - inquest begins

Post  Max on Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:55 am



http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/mysterious-death-businessman-after-boozy-10251284


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/family-hope-solve-mystery-death-6625486


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Post  Sabot on Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:02 am

The first thing that came to my mind, Max. The Australian Woman, Jacyntha, I believe, although there are several others. One of them the son of a friend of mine who was attacked by a bunch of thugs and then blamed for the attack on himself, after being being released from hospital, arrested and then mysteriously suffering further injury while in the custody of The GNR. Fortunately he didn't die, although he was very seriously ill for a long time. The culprits were never even arrested.
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Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:23 am


It remains unclear whether Mr Raper was run over by a vehicle, stabbed, fell off a wall or was involved in a fight.



Yet another fine bit of work by a Portuguese coroner.

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Post  Lamplighter on Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:46 am

bb1 wrote:
It remains unclear whether Mr Raper was run over by a vehicle, stabbed, fell off a wall or was involved in a fight.



Yet another fine bit of work by a Portuguese coroner.
Reminds me of someone hitting themselves over the head four times with an axe!! LL
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Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:56 am

Exactly, LL.

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Post  Max on Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:08 am

Sabot wrote:The first thing that came to my mind, Max.  The Australian Woman, Jacyntha, I believe, although there are several others.  One of them the son of a friend of mine who was attacked by a bunch of thugs and then blamed for the attack on himself, after being being released from hospital, arrested and then mysteriously suffering further injury while in the custody of The GNR.  Fortunately he didn't die, although he was very seriously ill for a long time.  The culprits were never even arrested.


A reminder about Jacinta -

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/family-claim-australian-woman-murdered-at-algarve-home-police-say-suicide/4397

and

http://www.news.com.au/national/jacinta-rees-murdered-covered-up-by-portugal-police/story-e6frfkp9-1225942731759


Jacinta Rees murdered covered up by Portugal police

OCTOBER 24, 2010 12:00AM


A MELBOURNE woman was murdered in Portugal and her death covered up by police there, a Sunday Herald Sun investigation has found.
Former international model and fashion executive Jacinta Rees was hacked to death with an axe at her cottage in the Algarve, in southern Portugal, two years ago.
In a sequence of events chillingly similar to the death of Britt Lapthorne, local police claim the death was a suicide - despite a coronial examination in Australia finding she died of extensive injuries caused by repeated blows with an axe and evidence of defensive wounds on her arms and legs.
Family members have been investigating the mystery of her killing ever since. They say they have received little help from the Australian Government.
Portuguese authorities contacted by the Sunday Herald Sun would not provide any information.
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The family claims consular officials botched its initial dealings with the Portuguese and have abandoned the family in its search for the truth.
"All we want is to know the truth about what happened to her. She was our sister and our parents' child - she deserves better than this," said Jacinta's brother, Cameron.
Jacinta died in April 2008, in the courtyard of her home at Sao Bras de Alportel, near the city of Faro.
Portuguese police told local reporters her death was an accident, then said it was suicide.
But a Victorian Coroners' report says she died from "blunt force injury to the left side of the head".
"This injury pattern with trauma to both head and the left arm raises serious concerns. Further investigations are being undertaken via the Victorian Police Department's homicide squad," it concludes.
An initial Portuguese autopsy report also suggests Jacinta's death was a murder.
"There are signs highly probable of defense being the elements of the autopsy suggestive of homicide with data that favour extreme violence highly difficult to attribute to the self ... ," a translation reads.
Despite those reports, the Portuguese police closed the investigation and passed the case on to the Interior Ministry as a diplomatic matter.
Police spokesman Comandante Guerriero, of the GNR - the Portuguese national police - told a local newspaper "There is no suspicion of murder" and that there was no suspicion of robbery or any other crime.
Mystery surrounds the case. Locals were reticent to speak about it.

Did she know too much?

One theory about Jacinta's death was that she found out something that cost her life.
The area where she lived is a trafficking route from North Africa and the Middle East for the illegal trade in drugs - mostly hashish - and also in stolen children.
The village of Sao Bras de Alportel is 30km from the resort of Praia de Luz where British child Maddy McCann disappeared.
Her family said child smuggling was an issue Jacinta was concerned about and might have spoken up about.
"Jacinta may have stumbled across something," brother Cameron said.
"She left a note for someone saying she was leaving and she did not know how things would work out and asked that they forgive her, but the police construed it as a suicide note," he said.
"It wasn't a suicide note - she was scared of something.
"Jacinta may have stumbled across something."
The Rees family said they felt let down by the Federal Government.
They said the Lapthorne family and the victims of the Kokoda air crash were given appropriate help and compassion while they had received little help.
The family had to pay for the repatriation of Jacinta's body and was eventually reimbursed by the Government.
"We were contacted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 2008 to say that Jacinta had passed away. We were told she had committed suicide," Cameron's wife, Louise, said.
"It took us a month to bring her home. It was a while before her body arrived home."
Two days before bringing Jacinta home, the Rees family asked the Victorian Coroner to do an autopsy.
"The Coroner agreed and there was a DNA test done first which identified the remains as Jacinta," Louise said.
"At the start of the autopsy, the Coroners' office called in the homicide squad.
"Her injuries were so apparent and appalling - it was obvious she had been brutally murdered.
"It clearly was not a suicide."

Government 'abandoned us'

The Portuguese police had said she died from a self-inflicted wound to the forehead and there were no signs of attack or defence.
"But Jacinta's skull had been caved in with an axe. She clearly had defensive wounds also.
"Her elbow had been shattered, her knee was damaged and there were four separate wounds to her head - each of which could have killed her.
"She suffered a horrendous death and she most certainly fought for her life.
"The GNR determined this was a suicide and our embassy concurred.
"To this day, no one has given us an answer as to what happened to Jacinta. We've sent off letters to heaps of people in positions of influence. No one's interested, absolutely no one," she said.
The family received the Portuguese Assistant Prosecutor's report into Jacinta's death in December 2009 - almost two years after her death.
They have been quoted up to $19,000 to get it translated into English. The Federal Government has refused to help.
The family said DFAT's mismanagement of the case had cost it financially and caused much heartache.
"Despite all the facts, DFAT has never acknowledged Jacinta's death as a murder," Louise said.
"It was going to cost $4000 each to send Cam and his brother Phil to Portugal and then another $15,000 to bring Jacinta home.
"We based our decision not to go to Portugal on the embassy's advice; we decided we couldn't afford for Cam to go and there was nothing we could do anyway.
"Had we known that Jacinta had been murdered, or at the very least that her death was suspicious, we would definitely have found the money for Cam to go.
"We based our decision not to go to Portugal on the embassy's advice. We trusted their information. But as the weeks went by and we received more unofficial information it was clear the embassy hadn't looked into this properly, they had just acquiesced to what the Portuguese police had told them.
"The AFP was not advised Jacinta had passed away and there's no AFP presence in Portugal."
Along the way the funeral director would not release the body because it had not been officially identified.
"We phoned DFAT and were told they would take care of it. But we found out later they didn't identify her, they just gave some sort of authority to release the body," Louise said.
"Apart from the trauma and heartache, the financial impact on the family has been gruelling. Sorting out Jacinta's affairs meant Cam wasn't working and we had to cash in his long service leave to be able to afford to bring her home.
"We didn't qualify for victims of crime compensation in Australia because the crime occurred in Portugal and we didn't qualify for a similar scheme in Portugal because we are Australians.
"We have been impacted by a murder in a foreign country we've never visited committed by a person we do not know.
"We watched as tragically, nine Australians were killed in the Kokoda plane crash. Our Government flew them home.
"When Britt Lapthorne disappeared Kevin Rudd said 'we will leave no stone unturned'.
"It took us 24 days to bring Jacinta home. We had no idea what we were doing, we did it on our own and we had to pay for it.
"When loved ones die, the pain and grief is difficult enough, but the murder of a loved one is almost too much to bear. Our trauma is as much about the fact the Government abandoned us and we've been left to pick up the emotional, psychological and financial pieces.
"We were visited by DFAT officials eight months after Jacinta died, but we felt we were just being 'handled'. We have never had a condolence message from either the Australian or the Portuguese government.


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Post  lily on Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:28 am

The Jacinta Rees affair was also extremely dubious business.  Smacks of organized crime and corrupt goings on as does the Mr. Raper business.  

The common denominator is, of course, the Algarve and its so called professionals.......
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Post  bb1 on Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:49 pm

Dangerous place, is Vilamoura:


http://portugalresident.com/%E2%80%9Caccident%E2%80%9D-killed-irishman-found-floating-in-vilamoura-marina

After the sad discovery of the body of an Irish holidaymaker in the water of Vilamoura marina earlier this month, an autopsy has determined that the 40-year-old died from drowning, almost certainly after accidentally falling into the water during a night out.

There were no signs of violence or anything that could point to crime having been behind the death, reports national tabloid Correio da Manhã - and testimonies from friends that the man told them he was going out for a drink fit with the premise that this was nothing more than a tragedy.

The Irishman was staying at hotel Dom Pedro Marina on what was understood to have been a trip with a group of friends.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com



One of these days, Hounder Donn will make a proper report, one that isn't just gush, and gossip. This isn't one of them.

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Post  lily on Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:00 pm

She can't make a proper report because she is not a proper professional journalist.....
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Post  Max on Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:51 am



Here's a report from another source -


LOULÉ

Corpse found in Vilamoura Marina

17:03 - 07/10/2015


The corpse of a British national of man was found yesterday morning to float in the Marina of Vilamoura, Loulé municipality, the second advance on Wednesday the newspaper "Correio da Manhã". According to the same publication, the body had bruises but the authorities do not suspect crime. The body was found floating near one of the walkways where the boats dock. The 40-year-old man found himself on holiday with friends and was staying at the luxury hotel Dom Pedro Marina in Vilamoura. The last time he was seen was the night before at the hotel, and it is suspected that English has left alone for a fun night at the marina. The authorities indicate that, because of the bruises on his back, torso and hands, the man may have fallen in the area of pontoons, near the beaches. For now, there are no suspicions of crime, but the Judicial Police is to investigate the case and the body will be autopsied.

http://www.abola.pt/mundos/ver.aspx?id=575419



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Post  bb1 on Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:54 am

For now, there are no suspicions of crime, but the Judicial Police is to investigate the case and the body will be autopsied.

What could possibly go wrong? Rolling Eyes

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Post  Sabot on Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:13 am

bb1 wrote:For now, there are no suspicions of crime, but the Judicial Police is to investigate the case and the body will be autopsied.

What could possibly go wrong? Rolling Eyes

Nothing at all. He's probably got a couple of bullets in him, but what's wrong with that? Quite normal under the circumstances. He was likely playing Russian Roulette.
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