Mystery surrounds brutal murder of Lagoa cattle farmer

Police are today probing the brutal murder of a Lagoa cattle farmer, described by friends as the kind of man who would give his own shirt away if someone needed it.

According to initial reports, the bludgeoning to death of 63-year-old Fernando Vicente “may have had something to do with money”.

Vicente had recently sold some of his cows, writes Correio da Manhã – stressing nonetheless that he was “a person of few possessions”.

Friends doubt this could have been the motive however, as they told the paper Vicente was a “very good man” who would have helped anyone in need.

For now, all that has been confirmed is that “a man passing by” noticed Vicente’s body lying on land in Canada (Lagoa) where he habitually grazed his cows at around 10am on Sunday morning.

The land was common land, explains CM.

Vicente was found with his head crushed by blows effected with a length of iron piping.

An autopsy is due to go ahead as the PJ criminal police have taken over investigations.

CM refers to Vicente as having two brothers, one of whom committed suicide some years ago.

The other told police that he had last spoken to his brother on Saturday night, when Vicente was alleged to have told him that “there was someone on the land”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com