Friday 28 April 2017

Death of British travel writer in Romania treated as suspicious

David St Vincent's decomposing body was found in his apartment in Bucharest almost a month ago
David St Vincent's decomposing body was found in his apartment in Bucharest almost a month ago

The death of a British travel writer in Romania is being treated as suspicious.

David St Vincent's decomposing body was found in his apartment in Bucharest almost a month ago, on January 12 and police initially suspected the 47-year-old had died of natural causes.

However, police spokeswoman Bogdan Ghebaur said on Friday that the case has now been passed to the Bucharest prosecutors' office.

St Vincent wrote about Romania, Iran and Pakistan. He was deported from Iran in 1992 while researching for his Lonely Planet book.

He had lived in Romania for many years and was a founder of Accept, a group that was instrumental in the 2001 decriminalisation of homosexuality.

He is survived by a brother. A funeral will be held in Bucharest on February 18.

St Vincent was also an active supporter of Syrians opposing President Bashar Assad, and kept close contact with them.

Eric Gilder, a friend and English teacher in Papua New Guinea, said: "He was a perfectly British eccentric in the best possible way, like a character in an Evelyn Waugh or Graham Greene novel. He will be sorely missed."

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