Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 29th 2014 Contents Detectives are believed to be
investigating the death of a promi-
nent British hotelier found dead
inside a burnt out Range Rover in
A charred body, identified locally
as Oliver Ollie Gobat, 38, was dis-
covered hours after his family---who
run a £405-a-night five star boutique
hotel---reported him missing.
Sources have suggested the victim
had been shot twice in the head
before being doused with petrol and
set alight---although island police
would not confirm this.
Police and the Foreign Office would
not confirm the victim s name---but
double Olympic decathlon gold
medallist Daley Thompson paid a
personal tribute to the man on Twit-
ter.The sportsman has carried out fit-
ness workshops at the family s lux-
urious Cap Maison hotel on the
He wrote: My love&thoughts go
out to friends&family of Ollie Gobat.
he was a gem& his family must have
been so proud of him. RIP my friend.
X Unconfirmed reports from St Lucia
suggest Gobat s family lodged a
missing person report with police
after he failed to return home on Fri-
The vehicle he owns matches the
description of the Range Rover which
was discovered with the body inside
around 9 pm last Friday. The body
of the prominent island businessman
was said to have been burnt beyond
recognition and was found in the
front passenger seat.
A spokesman for St Lucia police
said: "We can t disclose any infor-
mation at the moment, we are meet-
ing with the family soon."
The creators of the hotel were the
Gobat family, Theo and Helen and
their three sons Rufus, Adam and
The dead man s parents, who live
in Esher, Surrey, are understood to
have flown out to St Lucia. (Daily
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
FUN IN THE SUN
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith believes that members of the
Defence Force and protective services
do not get the respect they deserve.
Speaking at his National Security
Officers Foundation Induction and
Award Ceremony at the National Acad-
emy for Performing Arts (NAPA) on
the weekend, Griffith took the oppor-
tunity to praise the officers for their
daily roles in protecting the average
rights of every citizen.
Describing the protective services as
"the most noble of professions," Griffith
advised the newest inductees to be
proud of their collective accomplish-
"No institution puts you in a situ-
ation daily, and as a part of your job
spec, to be willing and prepared to make
the ultimate sacrifice every time you
put on a uniform and go to duty, which
is to put your life on the line to protect
someone who could be a total stranger
to you," Griffith said.
Officers, he said, were prepared to
"make the ultimate sacrifice" to allow
strangers the right to live.
"No other right is more important
and you are willing to give up your
fundamental right to ensure that theirs
is not lost, on a daily basis," he said.
Griffith said he would "cringe"
whenever he had to justify the need
for arms at the Ministry of National
Security in times of peace.
"Apart from the many various tasks
that they perform daily, in a heroic
manner on most occasions, it is also
a fact that by their mere presence and
existence, we remain in times of peace,
because be assured that the day that
they are no longer there, there would
be no time of peace," he said.
Griffith said among his mandate
was to use hard facts and not public
relations to improve the image and
reception of the police service.
He said this was "to show that we
as a nation should be proud of having
such dynamic and professional serv-
ices, which has never once turned its
back against adhering to its role and
functions and obligation to the citizens
of a country."
He said the training within the pro-
tective forces made its members lead-
ers and noted that throughout history,
31 men who became US Presidents
first served in the military.
"That is not coincidental. They took
their training as leaders to another
field to become leaders. I ask you to
do the same. Hopefully, not necessarily
politics where you would get grey
before your time, but any trade that
you pursue after you retire," Griffith
A group of boys play football on Castara Beach, Tobago, last Thursday. The island was buzzing with
activity then in preparation for the final days of the Tobago Jazz Experience 2014, with many people
flocking to the beach during the day. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Griffith lauds T&T's
St Lucia hotelier found
burnt to death in SUV
Oliver 'Ollie' Gobat
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