THE shocked family of a Ripon man murdered in Thailand were yesterday still baffled by his brutal killing.
The elderly mother of murder victim Arthur James Green, accompanied by her other three sons and two daughters, flew out to Thailand early on Tuesday after receiving the tragic news of his death.
Meanwhile, other members of the family back in Ripon have arranged a memorial service for 63-year-old Mr Green, to be held at Sharow Church next Saturday.
The former Ripon man, who had lived abroad for many years, was shot and stabbed to death after challenging intruders at his home on the outskirts of Ratchaburi, Thailand, at the weekend.
His Thai wife, Yukhonporn, is recovering in Bangkok, after she was tied up by the attackers and driven 20 miles into the country at gun point before being released.
Because of the brutal way in which Mr Green was killed, there has been speculation that it could have been a contract killing, but yesterday his family appeared no nearer finding the truth.
Speaking to the Gazette yesterday, Mr Green's sister-in-law, Mrs Carol Green, said: "The family are still very distraught. There are no new developments. We don't know when they are ringing and when they do it is literally just to tell us they are all right. We don't know a lot at all.
"They went off to Thailand in total shock and devastation to try and find out exactly what happened. We are all extremely shocked."
Mr Green, better known as Jim, was one of six children born in Ripon and attended Ripon Cathedral Boys School. An engineer by profession, his first job was working in the quarry business in Ripon. During his time in Ripon, he was a regular at both the Navigation and Ship public houses.
He went on to live in Leeds for a short time and worked abroad regularly, moving to Bahrain about 20 years ago. He had recently retired as a manager for a construction company in Bahrain and moved back to Thailand to be with his wife and 15-year-old son. He also had four other children – two boys and two girls – from his first marriage.
His brother, Derek, said earlier this week, before leaving for Thailand: "He'd worked hard all his life to get what he has got. We had been planning to visit him in May. We'd booked the tickets and were just waiting to go."
Sister-in-law, Mrs Green, added: "Jim was tragically taken away from us and will be sadly missed by the whole family. ."
The memorial service is due to take place on Saturday, February 22, at 11.30am at Sharow Church. All those who knew Mr Green are invited to join the family at the service, then at Ripon Bowling Club.