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Trekker was 'unlawfully killed'
A British trekker was murdered on holiday in Nepal because of "greed for money", an inquest has heard.

Tim Prentice, 38, a travel adviser from Bristol, was killed in a robbery and his body dumped in a river.

His body was discovered in March 2000 in the Langtang district of Nepal, 50 miles north of the capital Kathmandu.

Four local men were convicted of murder and jailed for 20 years. Bristol Coroner Paul Forrest recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Short trek

Karki Tamang, Furpu Sangbo Tamang, Manja Tamang and Lakpa Sonam Tamang were sentenced in January 2002. Simon Prentice, Tim's brother, told the inquest his brother had been to Nepal before.

"Tim was a seasoned traveller because of his job and had been to Nepal three or four times. I understand he set off for a short trek to Kathmandu, but I don't know if he was alone, with others or with a guide," he said.

Pathologist Dr Hugh White found during post-mortem tests that death was due to head injuries.

Mr Forrest summarised the Nepalese investigation that led to the four men being sentenced.

Recording a verdict of unlawful killing, Mr Forrest said: "I have considered the full transcript of the proceedings in Nepal where four persons were convicted and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment.

"I am sure, beyond reasonable doubt, that this was an unlawful killing."

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