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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Aug. 23) - An Englishman and long-time resident of PNG was hacked to death at his home in Port Moresby last weekend.

Police are investigating whether robbery was behind the killing of Guy Andrew Mascord, 50, whose body was found by security guards in Boroko early last Sunday. He had a neck wound caused by an axe or bush knife and stab wounds to the abdomen.

Mascord worked for a real estate company but had spent 27 years with PNG’s Education Department after arriving as a voluntary service teacher in 1979.

Friend Russell Jackson said Mascord’s friends and colleagues were in shock over his death.

"He was very PNG in style. He went about barefoot and got on very well with people," Mr. Jackson said. He said Mascord had been robbed several times before but was never hurt. "There was something different this time."

Neighbors heard scuffles and a bang on Mascord’s veranda about 3 a.m. last Sunday before he was found by security guards, Jackson said. He might have been killed because he got in the way of a robbery, he said.

The guards reported "raskol" crime gang members had broken into the residential compound.

Mascord, originally from Stratford-on-Avon, was principal curriculum officer with the Education Department and involved in significant education reforms within PNG. He later worked at the Porgera gold mine as an environmental impact consultant.

Mascord is survived by his wife Lydia and three children. His funeral will be held in Port Moresby today.

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