9 Jul 2014

Death of expat Vanuatu businessman 'an accident'

2:22 pm on 9 July 2014

Autopsy results reveal the death of an expatriate SAS soldier turned businessman in Vanuatu was due to an accident.

40-year-old David Jolley had allegedly been involved in a brawl at a bar in Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, the night before his death.

However our correspondent in Vanuatu, Len Garae, says a post-mortem has found Mr Jolley died after falling on a lamp at his home and losing a large amount of blood from a deep wound.

Mr Garae says Mr Jolley was a well-respected member of the Port Vila community.

"He came with a different outlook to business. He arrived in Vanuatu about 10 years ago but then beginning last year he saw the need to rescue a number of businesses and he went ahead and bought three of those businesses, he and his wife of course, bought three of those businesses and turned them around."

Our correspondent in Vanuatu, Len Garae.