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(THE TELEGRAPH) — Police investigating the murder of a British yachtsman in St Lucia have said they want to speak to a pair of young women who lived with the 66-year-old at his hillside bungalow.
Robert Hathaway’s bloody body was found was found last Sunday in the house that he shared with two unidentified women he described as “a bisexual couple of girls”.
Police said they were not alleging the women were responsible for the murder but said they wanted to talk to them as part of their investigation.
“We are not accusing anyone at this stage but we need to talk to these two as they frequented the property,” a police spokesman said.
“Bob Hathaway had many female friends and we are looking at the possibility that one of their boyfriends could have killed him and set things up.”
Mr Hathaway was found naked in bedroom with a pillow on his face. The police spokesman said they were suspicious that the scene may have been manipulated by a killer trying to hide their tracks.
“The crime scene looks a fair bit staged from what has been seen and the pillow was placed on his face. We are trying to ascertain how it got there,” the spokesman said.
Mr Hathaway, who lived on the island since 2001, had a complicated personal life. He had been married and divorced once in the UK and then met a 17-year-old woman in St Lucia named Marquena James.
The couple were together for several years and married in 2017 but are now estranged and were in the process of legally separating when Mr Hathaway was killed.
In Facebook posts published after his death, Mr Hathaway referred to the young women who lived in his home as “a bisexual couple of girls… like two girlfriends,” according to The Times.
“One young gf [girlfriend] living with me alone would be bored witless,” he said. “So this arrangement seems logical, and two months in seems to work. It helps that they don’t like wearing clothes.”
The spokesman for the Royal St Lucia Police said: “Right now everyone is a suspect. We will pursue everybody connected with the deceased as is the case with all investigations. We will not relent until we find closure for the family.”