British Tourist Shot Dead in Robbery in Argentina

  • The two were rushed to Algerich Hospital by emergency services who responded immediately.
  • "We must seek out those responsible and must make them pay with the rigor of justice," said Alberto Fernandez, Argentina’s president.
  • A travel expert, Simon Calder, said that it was an awful tragedy and was worried that the attacks aimed at well-to-do tourists.

A British millionaire from Northamptonshire was shot dead in front of a five-star hotel in broad daylight in Argentina by two robbers who police believe had followed him from the airport. It is said that Matthew Charles Gibbard, 50, arrived with other family members at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport on a British Airways flight that landed at 9:30. They then took a taxi to Faena Art Hotel in Puerto Madero. As they got out, they were attacked by the robbers on a motorcycle, who tried to rob them. Authorities have said that Gibbard and a stepson, Stefan, resisted the theft and were shot in the struggle.

Ezeiza International Airport is an international airport 22 kilometres (14 mi) south-southwest of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. It is the country’s largest international airport by number of passengers handled—85% of international traffic—and is a hub for international flights of Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM Argentina.

The two were rushed to Algerich Hospital by emergency services who responded immediately. Gibbard was shot in the armpit and suffered hemorrhage after the bullet entered his heart. He died of his wounds shortly thereafter. The stepson was shot on the leg and is currently undergoing medical attention. The attackers escaped and police are still searching for them. “We must be severe, we cannot tolerate this. We must seek out those responsible and must make them pay with the rigor of justice,” said Alberto Fernandez, Argentina’s president. He branded the incident atrocious.

Gibbard was a director at Tingdene, a retirement homes firm that turned over millions last year, and is also listed as a director of a local vineyard and a vegetation management company. “We knew Matthew well . . . He was always really nice. Every year, we have a Bonfire Night in the village and he would help fund. He was always great. He travelled for work and for pleasure,” a neighbor in Lowick Northants where the family lives said.

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent’s southeastern coast.

The investigating authority has requested for the collaboration of the airport  security police and the City Police so as to track in detail the journey of the tourists and the assailants ant try to unearth the motive of the attack and why they chose Gibbard’s family. “We are supporting the family of the two British men following the incident in Buenos Aires, and are in contact with local authorities there,” said a foreign officer.

A travel expert, Simon Calder, said that it was an awful tragedy and was worried that the attacks aimed at well-to-do tourists. He added that Argentina is a very good tourist destination but unfortunately there were criminals who use violence just like everywhere else in Latin America. “My advice is to run away if you can or hand over what they want, he said.

There have been recent attacks carried out by assailants on motorcycles called “motochorros.” A Canadian man was tracked from the same airport to his booked hotel, Intercontinental, where he was forced to hand over all his belongings to an armed assailant. A Swedish tourist, Christoffer Persson , was shot in attempted robbery  in December last year, and has recently had his leg amputated due to  injuries sustained. In the same month a US tourist was hospitalized after a brutal assault in which he lost a camera.

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Juliet Norah

I am a freelance journalist is passionate about news. I derive pleasure in informing people about the happenings in the world

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