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Irishman killed in Tanzania was strangled

Gareth Naughton

Published 06/12/2012 | 05:00

AN Irishman who was murdered while on holiday in Tanzania was strangled to death, an inquest has heard.

Event manager Robert De Courcey Stringer (26), from Leabeg House, Newcastle, Co Wicklow, was killed in a brutal attack on the island of Zanzibar off Tanzania's coast on August 6, 2009.

He was there on holiday after having originally volunteered with international aid organisation Camara.

His father, Keith Stringer, told Dublin Coroner's Court that the family had been in regular contact with Robert while he was in Tanzania and he had been "very happy there".

He had been travelling alone after finishing with Camara and was staying at a beach on the north end of the island when he was killed, Mr Stringer said.

A Tanzanian police report, read out by Coroner Dr Brian Farrell, said Robert's body was found near the seashore at Nungwi Village – a popular destination for backpackers – at 9am on August 7.

A Tanzanian national was arrested after police searched his home and found some of Robert's belongings, including a laptop, a digital camera, a pair of shoes, $30, and a withdrawal form from Western Union.

Acquittal

Mr Stringer told the court one man had faced a murder charge in relation to his son's death but was acquitted.

"The case was not followed up very well. Evidence was not gathered," he told the Coroner.

The family was recently told that another man has been arrested in South Africa and faces extradition over the incident, the court heard.

A post-mortem was carried out on Robert's body by deputy state pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar a week after the death. He gave the cause of death as asphyxiation due to manual strangulation in the presence of blunt force trauma to the head.

Irish Independent

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