Les Bate, was a self-made millionaire who owned four farms and several hundred acres of land. On the night of Friday, April 12, 2002, he had been drinking at his favourite watering hole, The Maltsters Arms in Chapel Amble, three miles outside of Wadebridge. Regulars would tell police that he appeared to be waving around a brown wallet stuffed with an estimated £1,000 in cash and a cheque for £11,000. Detectives have always believed the killer was local and that the "target" of the attack was the wallet, which has never been found. Only seven months earlier burglars had raided Mr Bate’s home at Tregilders Farm, just off the A39, and forced their way into his safe, stealing £47,000 in property and cash. That night in April 2002, Mr Bate left the pub at closing time and drove his usual route home in his red Land Rover Discovery.
The next day Mr Bate’s daughter Kathy, who lived in Melbourne, Australia, tried to contact her father but to no avail. Sufficiently concerned, Kathy contacted her brother Martin, who lived nearby. On the Sunday morning, over 24 hours after he was last seen drinking at the Maltsters Arms, Martin discovered his father lying face down in a pool of blood in the utility room. There was no weapon present at the scene, or any evidence of a forced entry. A murder inquiry wouldn’t be launched until some ten days later, after a second post-mortem test revealed the fatal injuries couldn’t have been accidental or self-inflicted. Home Office pathologist Hugh White told an inquest a decade later that Mr Bate had been the subject of a sustained beating.
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