British man Edgar Dart shot dead in Bahamas robbery

A British father was shot dead and his family attacked with a machete during a robbery in the Bahamas.

Police said Edgar Dart, 56, who lived in Winnipeg, Canada, was killed when the masked gang attacked his mother's home in Emerald Bay, Grand Bahama.

The attack happened at about 07:00 local time (12:00 BST) on Tuesday.

His cousin Michael Dart, from Devon, said the family were tied up during the raid and another male was attacked with a machete.

Mr Dart said: "I think one of the boys was attacked with a machete. I don't know the extent of his injuries. They were all tied up. They are too upset to talk because they are in complete shock.

"What is really shocking is that he was visiting his mother Joy after the death of his father.

"I am thinking he intervened when there was an altercation. His young son was there as well - it is barbaric, horrific and just really shocking."

Edgar Dart ran a farm in Topsham, Devon, but left to emigrate to Canada 16 years ago.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the death and was providing consular assistance.

'Following leads'

Assistant Commissioner Emrick Seymour, of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, said three robbers tied up family members with duct tape and Mr Dart was shot during the ensuing struggle.

The attackers had apparently cut phone services to the house before the attack, and fled in a gardener's van. No arrests have been made.

Assistant Commissioner Seymour said: "We are right in the middle of our investigation into this situation and we are following some leads."

The attackers are said to have stolen jewellery and other personal belongings.

The death was the sixth murder on Grand Bahama this year and 30 for all of the Bahamas, an island chain just off the south-east coast of Florida.

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