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UK police follow gay link lead in murder of colonel


James Burleigh | December 10, 2004

LONDON — A retired Army officer murdered on his doorstep nearly a year ago could have been killed because of a secretive homosexual past, police said yesterday.

Lt Col Robert "Riley" Workman, who was shot at his cottage in the village of Furneux Pelham in January, had had a series of homosexual affairs, detectives said.

The information about the 83-year-old colonel's past was given to the inquiry team last week by a prisoner at Parkhurst prison in the Isle of Wight.

Hertfordshire police said: "We can confirm that an active line of inquiry is around the strong suggestion that Col Workman was a homosexual. If this was the case, it must have been very difficult for him to cope with during his military career.

"We appeal to anyone who knew him and his way of life to speak to us in confidence."

Col Workman, whose wife died last year, served in the Royal Green Jackets. Police are trying to contact former soldiers in the regiment.

Col Workman was shot at close range at around 8.20pm on Jan 7 with a twelve-bore shotgun loaded with buckshot.

Police received a call from a public telephone in a nearby village that night. The caller, thought to be in his fifties or sixties, is believed to be the killer. – News Telegraph


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