Briton, 72, shot dead on his farm in France

Ex­pat ‘blasted by ten­ant hid­ing in tree af­ter land row’

Daily Mail - - News - From Claire Duf­fin and TIm Fi­nan in Edon, Char­ente

A BrI­TISH farmer liv­ing in France has died af­ter al­legedly be­ing shot by his ten­ant over a land row.

David Daniels, 72, died of his in­juries in his car as his wife drove him 12 miles to the near­est doc­tor on Tues­day.

The ten­ant, named lo­cally as Pas­cal, 48, and his el­derly fa­ther, were both help­ing po­lice with their in­quiries last night as a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion was opened.

Lo­cals in Edon, in the Char­ente re­gion of West France where Mr Daniels had a farm, said the men had been in­volved in a longflat run­ning dis­pute over the up­keep of land. The Daniels own 130 hectares po­lice. Mr Daniels, a clas­sic car of farm­land, with a for­est, en­thu­si­ast, had lived in France for cows and crops. 25 years. He is said to have had an

Mr Daniels had been tak­ing out ac­tive busi­ness career in the uK the rub­bish when he was shot. be­fore he moved.

The gun­man was hid­ing in a tree Lo­cal mayor Pa­trice Petit said he op­po­site the farm­house gates, was well-known and well-liked for wait­ing for Mr Daniels to bring out his ‘kind­ness, open mind­ed­ness the bin bag. There is CCTV out­side and love of her­itage’. the house, mean­ing the at­tack Mr Daniels had com­peted in the may have been caught on cam­era. Cir­cuit des rem­parts vin­tage race

Pas­cal – de­scribed by lo­cals as a in nearby An­gouleme, and was keen hunter – lives with his fa­ther driv­ing in Pau in the Pyre­nees at in a farm­house ad­join­ing the Daniels’ the week­end be­fore he was shot home. The men are said to on Tues­day af­ter­noon. have handed them­selves in to the The Daniels also have a £4mil­lion in Lon­don, where they spent half their time. Edon, home to just 270 peo­ple, is in an area of France pop­u­lar with Bri­tish ex­pats.

Pas­cal is un­der­stood to farm some of Mr Daniels’ land.

He was de­scribed by vil­lagers as a ‘calm and dis­creet’ man who rarely spoke to other peo­ple.

Po­lice said the dis­pute re­lated to the lease of the land with both hav­ing a ‘dif­fer­ent vi­sion of what was to be­come of the farm’.

Po­lice were granted an ex­tra 24 hours, un­til Thurs­day even­ing, to ques­tion the two men. More than 20 gen­darmes are in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Jean-David Cavaille, state prose­cu­tor, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been opened as an ‘as­sas­si­na­tion, a mur­der with pre­med­i­ta­tion’ pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries, in­clud­ing the re­sults of a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion.

Mr Daniels was pro­nounced dead in Dignac, where his wife had driven him, re­ports said.

A uK Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: ‘our staff are as­sist­ing the fam­ily of a Bri­tish man fol­low­ing his death in France, and are in con­tact with the gen­darmerie.’

Farm­house: Mr Daniels’ home in France

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