Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Briton shot taking on hotel robbers

Briton Thomas Ossel, 28, was shot while trying to tackle robbers at his hotel in Venezuela

A British holidaymaker was shot dead in Venezuela after taking on robbers.

Thomas Ossel, 28, from Bedfordshire, was fatally shot in the jaw while his younger brother Jack was stabbed in the back but survived.

Jack, 21, was taken to hospital and received stitches before being discharged.

Peter Eggersdorfer, owner of the hotel Posada Casa Rosa hotel on Margarita Island where the brothers were staying, said a gang of robbers came to the hotel asking for a room then threatened him with a gun.

He said the gang were looking for money, going from room to room, but when they got to the room Mr Ossel and his brother were sharing they encountered resistance.

"The British people started fighting with the people, I couldn't see, I could only hear," he said.

"I could hear shouting of, 'give me dollars, give me euros'. It was very noisy and lots of action and then I heard shots.

"I heard five shots - four in the wall but the last one went into the body of Tom Ossel. It only lasted around three minutes then they ran out."

Mr Eggersdorfer said he called emergency services but Mr Ossel died "within minutes".

Jacqueline Baxter, a family friend of Thomas has paid tribute to him. She said: "He was a real adventurer, a real character. I spoke to Jack last night (Tuesday). He's been coping remarkably well. He was very lucid. I'm sure it will hit him when he comes home."

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