British expat stabbed to death by drunk handyman

Published:  30 May at 6 PM
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The millionaire owner of a golf course was stabbed to death by a drunken handyman living and working on his retirement estate in France, a court heard today.

Sixty-seven-year-old Peter Fuller had moved to the Dordgne area of southwestern France after a successful but demanding career with Total Oil.

However, three years ago he entered an argument with 33-year-old Neil Ludlam, a friend from the UK who was helping with repair work on the millionair’s five bedroom house.

The Perigueux Criminal Court has been informed that Ludlam had been working at the estate for only three weeks when the row began. Mr Ludlam, who may face 30 years in jail if convicted of murder, said there was a violent row after a heavy drinking session. However, he said he could not recall much about it.

Mr Fuller, originally from Kent, had lived in the small village of Plaisance, near Bergerac, for over six years. He developed the nearby Mirandes Golf and Country Club, drawing up the 18-hole course himself.

It was supposed to remind the many UK expats in the area of their homeland, serving bangers and mash as well as fish and chips in its restaurant.
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