Friday, October 26, 2012
British ExxonMobil executive shot dead
A British oil executive has been shot dead in front of his wife in Belgium.
Nicholas Mockford, 60, an executive for ExxonMobil, was shot three times as he left an Italian restaurant in a suburb of Brussels. His wife, Mary, was left beaten and covered in blood, cradling her husband and shouting for help.
Witnesses said they saw the couple walk across the street to their Lexus car before shots were fired. Reports suggest two men were spotted running away from the scene, one holding a motorcycle helmet.
The shooting is understood to have happened on 14 October, but the news has only now emerged after Belgian police imposed a reporting blackout.
The Daily Telegraph said police in Belgium were considering all possible motives for the shooting, including an attempted carjacking, although Mockford's car was not stolen.
The Belgian prosecutor's office said a "judicial instruction" from the investigating judge, Martine Quintin, meant they could give no detail about the killing. A spokesman said this was "usual in such a serious murder investigation", the Telegraph reported. Read more >>