Wednesday 22 October 2014

Family demand answers over mystery death of businessman in Switzerland

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

Patrick Broderick died of a knife wound
Patrick Broderick died of a knife wound

THE family of an Irish businessman who died of a single stab wound in Switzerland almost a year ago have demanded answers over the cause of his mysterious death.

Father-of-three Patrick Broderick died of a knife wound he received in the early hours of the morning on August 31 last year.

Mr Broderick, who is originally from Cork, was in the company of an Eastern European woman when he received the injury.

He had returned to his apartment in the Swiss city Neuchatel with the woman after drinking with friends in a local bar.

A year-long investigation by Swiss police has yet to determine an explanation for his death and his family have spoken out for the first time.

Mr Broderick's brother, John, said their father Patrick (86) is broken-hearted by his son's death and the entire family would like closure on the tragic incident.

"It would be nice to have some sort of answer," John told the Sunday Independent.

"It is very sad for our father. He is elderly and he is a man of great faith. He's both frightened and broken-hearted by the whole affair."

Mr Broderick was a well- known figure in the world of recruitment and built up close contacts with those he worked with.

"Pat was a great guy," his brother said. "He travelled the world and everywhere he went he wanted a taste of the local culture. He didn't have a fantastic education, it was his personality that got him places."

Mr Broderick's friends have also expressed frustration with the pace of the police investigation. Budha Banjeree, who was with Mr Broderick on the night of his death, questioned why he and others have not been interviewed by police.

"Frankly speaking, I have no idea how long a Swiss investigation takes. And the way this investigation has been done, I can't speak very highly of their work," he said.

Swiss prosecutor Nicolas Feuz, who has overseen the case from the start, admitted it was one of the most difficult he has worked on.

"If we knew exactly what happened on the night we would have published a police report already," Mr Feuz said. "A lot of people have been questioned by the police. We have about 20 declarations from Mr Broderick's friends about his relationship with the woman and they all said the same thing."

Mr Feuz said he had "no idea" when the police report will be finalised.

The Department of Foreign Affairs were in contact with Mr Broderick's family last December, but have had no involvement since.

On the night of his death, the Eastern European woman ran to another apartment in the building and alerted a neighbour, who contacted the police. Mr Broderick, who was an executive with recruitment firm Spengler Fox, was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The woman told police Mr Broderick stabbed himself with the knife during an argument. The woman was hospitalised for several days and treated for shock.

Swiss police and forensic experts have carried out lengthy examinations of Mr Broderick's apartment and the woman has been questioned twice. However, police have yet to establish the exact cause of Mr Broderick's death.

Mr Broderick's body was expatriated to London, where his family lives, soon after his death. The West London Coroner carried out an autopsy, but it is awaiting the outcome of the Swiss police investigation before it sends the results to prosecutors in Neuchatel.

Sunday Independent

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