Location: Front Page
Date: September 4, 2000
Summary: Murdered body is found
Francis 'Firlot' Bobbin was found murdered inside his family home in Cardiff, Wales early this morning.
According the Ministry Press Secretary Mary McDonald, Francis, father to Horace 'Hoppus' Bobbin, and retired owner of the Slugg and Jigger apothecaries, was killed sometime the previous night with a head spade, which was found near the body.
"His body was discovered this morning by his son, Horace, who had stopped in for his weekly breakfast meeting," McDonald said.
According to someone on the scene, who asked to remain anonymous, said it looked as if someone used the head spade, a heavy spade used by the captain or first mate to cut through bones when decapitating a whale, to "hack the body in twain."
Gawain Robards, head of the Auror Office within the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, refused to comment on the actual condition of the body, only confirming that Francis "was killed in a violently horrid manner."
Either Horace or co-owner Andrew 'Aeon' Bobbin would comment to the press.
While McDonald said no connection had been made between Francis' murder and the death of three other Slug and Jiggers apothecary employees, the Auror department will investigate until the killer is brought to justice.
"Such a violent crime took place last night and the Ministry will do anything within its power to find the one responsible," she said.
If anyone has any information in regards to the murder, McDonald asked that they contact the Auror office immediately.