Con­duc­tor mur­dered in over­seas apart­ment

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EXCLUSIVE -

A MAN has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of a Scots orches­tra con­duc­tor in Ar­gentina.

Fin­lay Fer­gu­son, di­rec­tor of the Ju­nior Aca­demic Orches­tra of the Lib­er­a­tor Theatre, was found dead in his apart­ment in Cor­doba on Fri­day.

The 60-year-old mu­si­cian, from Glas­gow, was found naked on his bed and had died from a blow to the head, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal re­ports. Money and per­sonal items were miss­ing from his flat.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ruben Caro said the death was be­ing treated as a homi­cide.

“It is con­firmed it was a vi­o­lent death,” he said. “There are de­tails, which we can­not pro­vide so as not to hin­der the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which con­firm it was a mur­der.”

The death of the Scot has shocked the artis­tic com­mu­nity in Ar­gentina and the Cor­doba Cul­tural Agency is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing its “deep­est sym­pa­thy” to his fam­ily for the “pain­ful loss”.

A flu­ent Span­ish speaker, Mr Fer­gu­son lived in Ar­gentina for many years.

The ac­com­plished vi­o­lin­ist was a former Gold Medal-win­ning stu­dent with the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land. A spokesman for the in­sti­tu­tion said staff were “shocked and sad­dened” to hear the news.

■ Fin­lay Fer­gu­son.

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