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Briton found dead with 'unlucky thief' note in his pocket

According to police the expat father-of-one had been out with friends the night before and he called his wife before heading home.

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Briton found dead with 'unlucky thief' note in his pocket

According to police the expat father-of-one had been out with friends the night before and he called his wife before heading home.

16 April 2018 Monday 20:37
Briton found dead with 'unlucky thief' note in his pocket

A British man has been found dead in the Philippines after a suspected hit and run attack.

Gerry Higgins, 56, from Clapham, south west London, was discovered floating face-down on a lake in Pangasinan, Philippines, last Wednesday.

According to police the expat father-of-one had been out with friends the night before and he called his wife before heading home.

But he never made it back - and soon after, terrified passers-by discovered his lifeless body in the shallow water of a fishing pond.

Police found a strange hand-written note saying 'unlucky thief' stashed in Gerry's pocket after his body was discovered

Filipino police are yet to reveal the cause of death but they are reportedly examining the possibility of a hit-and-run after a mysterious note was found in the man's pocket.

Bizarrely, a hand-written note with the words 'unlucky thief' was found in his pockets.

Police now suspect that he was killed in a hit and run or murdered then dumped into the pond.

Superintendent Monaliza Asis said: 'Officers investigated the scene and there were skid marks on the other side of the road. We believe they're from a car.'

Police said no bullet casings were found at the scene and said that robbery was unlikely as he was found with 5,000 Piso in cash (67GBP) and his phone in his pockets.

But the mystery death has baffled police who are now appealing for witnesses to come forward with more information.

Gerry had moved to the Philippines around 10 years ago and was well-known in the area. He was married and had one daughter.

He had been living in the Philippines for a number of years and was reportedly well known in the local area

Superintendent Asis added: 'We have not ruled out any angles during the investigation.

'The victim's body had scratches and marks on the arms and face.

'He could have fallen heavily into the fishpond or he was hit by something immediately before falling.

'It is also possible that the victim's body was killed someplace else and was only dumped there.' 

Gerard's friends reacted with shock after learning of his death - posting tributes online to the "lovely guy". He is believed to have moved to the Philippines several years ago.

Pal David Atkinson said: "This is terrible news. Gerry was a legend."

Close friend Len Pagnam, who posted a tribute picture of Gerard online, said: "Don't have any information, it's all a mystery, very sad."

Carlos Brenez added: "I received the sad news today, oh boy. Gerry Higgins you always brought laughter and happiness when I'd see you. I can't believe you've gone so soon to make angels laugh in heaven, God bless your soul matey. I'm going to miss you man."

Updated: 16.04.2018 20:39
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