Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banker Killed in South Africa 'Spoke of Joy at His Engagement'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banker Killed in South Africa 'Spoke of Joy at His Engagement'

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

THE London banker tortured and murdered in South Africa had spoken of his happiness weeks earlier after proposing to his girlfriend at a safari lodge. James Starkey, 36, is believed to have been tied up and tortured with boiling water before being strangled at his flat in Johannesburg. Police are now hunting a woman caught on CCTV entering his apartment as their chief suspect.

Today it emerged Mr Starkey proposed in September at the luxury Black Rhino safari lodge in South Africa's Pilanesberg national park. He had said: "The staff here will live in my memory as they made our stay very special."

Manager Paul Putter said: "We gave them one of the rooms that had the most privacy. You always think they'll be happy for the rest of their lives and then something like this happens -- it's just awful."

Tortured: James Starkey was found dead in his flat " Mr Starkey, from Woolwich, had been nearing the end of a project for City consultancy firm Catalyst when he was killed. …

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