BBC, Finally: British Oil Executive Shot Dead in Belgium
Reader A noticed this.
A senior British oil executive has been shot dead in a suburb of the Belgian capital Brussels, it has emerged.
Father-of-three Nicholas Mockford, 60, who worked for Exxon Mobil, was attacked as he left a restaurant with his wife nearly two weeks ago.
It was initially thought police imposed a news blackout on the attack, on 14 October, but it was reported locally.
One eyewitness told Belgian television how he twice tried to resuscitate Mr Mockford before an ambulance arrived.
“I heard a noise, ‘tack tack’, I thought that was bizarre and went outside to look,” the man told Flemish television channel, VTM.
“There was a woman lying on the floor on the pavement on the other side of the road. She was crying ‘help, help’. There was also a man lying on the street, next to a car. [The] woman shouts out it was a white van.”
Update: No Mainstream News Coverage in English
There still appears to be no English language mainstream media coverage of this murder.
Update: Better Translation
Cryptogon reader D has submitted a better English translation of the story:
Sunday night a top executive of the petro-chemical company ExxonMobil was shot dead in the street in Neder-over-Heembeek, near Brussels. Nicholas Mockford was shot in the head twice, when he and his wife were leaving
an Italian restaurant around 22h. Witnesses saw two men running away carrying a motorcycle helmet.
The man died on the way to the hospital. His wife Mary was beaten and covered in blood. Police and DA’s office are saying that at this point they aren’t excluding any possibilities, from a hit to a carjacking gone wrong. Although the violence used appears to be disproportionate for a carjacking, especially knowing that the killers
left the Lexus ATV behind.
Investigators are doing everything they can to locate the perpetrators. They are going through his work at his firm in the hope of finding a clue. ExxonMobil is the company that owns Esso, Mobil and Exxon gas stations.
There’s nothing in English on this yet. All I have is the badly machine translated article from hln.be linked below.
Searching around, I found a 2010 tradeshow reference to a Nicholas P. Mockford, Marketing Technical Support Manager, Intermediates Technology, ExxonMobil Chemical Europe Inc.
In the Brussels Neder-over-Heembeek is Sunday a top executive of the oil company Exxon Mobil shot dead on the street. Nicholas Mock Ford got two bullets in the head when he was around 22 hours with his wife, an Italian restaurant left. Witnesses saw two men running away with a motorcycle helmet.
The man died on the way to hospital. His wife Mary was beaten and was covered in blood.
Research Credit: V
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