Yacht designer macheted
An acclaimed Australian yacht designer was hacked to death inside his residence, police said yesterday. A neighbor found the body of 81-year-old Joe Adams early on Monday and blood scattered on the floor of his two-story house that was left open in the village of Tuding in Benguet Province’s Itogon Township, regional police director Benjamin Magalong said. Hack wounds on Adams’ hands suggest that he tried to fight off attackers armed with a machete, Magalong said. He said police are investigating the motive for the killing and that forensic experts are examining possible fingerprints left by the suspect or suspects. Tuding police investigator Julius Acay said Adams’ valuables were left intact, although his wallet contained no money when it was found, Acay said. The Sydney-born yacht designer was behind the record-breaking Sydney-to-Hobart race winner Helsal in 1973
King’s body on route home
Mourners of the late King Norodom Sihanouk carried flowers and burning incense to the Royal Palace yesterday to pray before his body arrives home from China. More than 1,000 people, some with tears in their eyes, gathered in hot weather, many of them kneeling before a portrait of the late monarch. “I needed to come here today, to pray and see the body of the king because he dies only one time, not twice,” said Khy Sokhan, a 73-year-old woman in a wheelchair outside the palace. In Beijing yesterday morning, traffic authorities cleared several roads and a highway as a bus decorated with yellow flowers and apparently carrying Sihanouk’s body traveled to the airport with a few dozen black cars and minibuses. Chinese state television carried live coverage of the procession while Chinese flags at Tiananmen Square and other key locations in the capital flew at half-staff. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said State Councilor Dai Bingguo (戴秉國) was escorting Sihanouk’s body to Cambodia.
Demolition yields fortune
Construction workers dismantling a vacant house in a rural part of the country discovered the equivalent of US$330,000 in cash stuffed in a tin box underneath the living room floor, press reports said yesterday. The house, in a farming town on the northern island of Hokkaido, had been empty since its elderly male owner died two years ago, the reports said. The cash — about 2,600 notes each worth ￥10,000 (US$127) bundled together or put in envelopes — will be handed over to the dead man’s relatives on the main Japanese island of Honshu, the reports said. “Because the cash was discovered at an individual’s house, it is clear whose money it is,” a local police spokesman said by telephone. “So we don’t treat it as a lost-and-found case.”
Lee’s brother’s house raided
Investigators yesterday raided the home and office of President Lee Myung-bak’s eldest brother as part of a probe into alleged irregularities in a project to build Lee’s retirement home. The raid came a day after a special prosecutor requested that Lee’s only son, Lee Si-hyung, and 10 other people linked to the now-defunct project be barred from leaving the country. Yonhap news agency said the raid was on the home of Lee Sang-eun in eastern Seoul and his office at auto seat maker DAS, where he serves as chairman, in Gyeongju. The controversy centers around the joint purchase last year — by Lee Si-hyung and the presidential security service — of a plot of land on the southern edge of Seoul.