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Software tycoon wanted for questioning as neighbour killed

Police in Belize are urging multi-millionaire software company founder John McAfee, pictured near right, to turn himself in for questioning and help solve the killing of his neighbour on the Caribbean island where they lived.

Mr McAfee (67) has been identified as a "person of interest" in the killing of 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, pictured far right, whose body was found on Sunday on the Caribbean island.

Mr McAfee reportedly told 'Wired' magazine on Monday that he had nothing to do with the death, but feared police would kill him if they find him.

He said he hid in the sand when he saw police coming to his house and put a cardboard box over his head to breathe.

"We want to encourage him to come in," said Raphael Martinez, spokesman for Belize's Ministry of National Security, yesterday. "If he feels threatened, we need to tell him, 'Get someone to go along with you, but come in. Let's solve this crime and you can free yourself."

Mr Martinez said two people have been detained but he added that police have yet to establish a motive in the crime.

Mr Faull was found with a gunshot wound to his head by his housekeeper inside his two-story home north of San Pedro, a town on the island of Ambergris Caye, Mr Martinez said.

Mr Martinez said that no charges had been filed in the case.

Mr McAfee told 'Wired' that whoever shot Mr Faull may have been gunning for him instead and mistakenly killed his neighbour.

San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero said that Mr Faull had given the town council a letter complaining that Mr McAfee's dogs were running loose, chasing cyclists and attacking people and that his security guards were trespassing on other homeowners' property.

Still, Mr Guerrero said there wasn't enough evidence for him to say Mr McAfee is a suspect.

Irish Independent