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Ex Copenhagen academic found dead

Hammer and sledgehammer found next to the bodies, says police

An academic who taught at the University of Copenhagen 1986-1990 has been killed in Tasmania, Australia.

Professor Gavin Mooney and his partner, Dr Weston, were found bludgeoned to death in their luxury house, reports news site STV News. Dr. Weston’s son, Nicolau Francisco Soares, 27, has been charged with double murder. Soares dialled the Australian emergency number and was waiting in another room when police arrived at the scene.

»The only person who really knows what occurred in that house now is the man we have in custody.« Detective Inspector Peter Powell said.

Tragic loss

Mooney, described as the founding father of health economics, taught at the University of Copenhagen between 1986 and 1990.

He was regarded as Australia’s leading health economist, teaching at the University of Sydney between 1993 and 2000 and later moving into semi retirement in Tasmania.

Tanya Plibersek, the Australian health minister, said the deaths were a »tragic loss for the health community, both in Australia and internationally.«

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