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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Voodoo, violence and a mysterious death: Heartbroken parents reveal how British AIDS expert's new life in St Lucia turned into a nightmare

Her career as an AIDS expert for the World Health Organisation had taken Hilary Hughes to many exotic locations, but the tiny island of St Lucia captured her heart.

Divorced, and with her son James almost grown up, it seemed like the ideal time to make a fresh start and build her dream home – so she decided to sell her house in West Sussex to pay for a plot of land on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean.

Her new life appeared to be complete when she fell in love with and married Cleus Augustin, a Rastafarian 17 years younger than her. He was the muscular young builder she had employed to construct her house.

Tragically, however, Hilary, 50, died in hospital earlier this month in circumstances that have prompted the local police to open a criminal investigation.

St Lucia police commissioner Vernon Francois said yesterday: 'As far as I know, no arrest has been made. The matter is still under investigation and we are still working with the hospital authorities towards determining an exact cause of death. Read More