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Tony Gilchrist

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A British businessman who moved to the Philippines to open a dive shop has been shot dead by an employee he had sacked moments earlier.

Tony Gilchrist was shot four times in the chest and twice in the head by a security guard who had turned up for work drunk and 40 minutes late.

The 35-year-old, from Staines, west London, had just dismissed Melchor Alciso Jr, it is claimed. Mr Gilchrist died as he was taken to a hospital on Malapascua Island, where he had lived for two years. His brother, James, described him as a ‘wonderful person’ who died in a ‘beautiful, idyllic’ place that he loved.

‘My brother was an incredibly compassionate person who cared deeply about the Philippines,’ he added.

The shooting happened on Saturday at Fish Buddies, a scuba diving shop owned by Mr Gilchrist. Police believe Alciso used a .38 revolver issued by a security company. During his time in the Philippines, Mr Gilchrist distributed aid to areas worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

His brother continued: ‘When the typhoon hit, he hired a bus and was shipping aid back and forth. We raised more than £10,000. ‘He made sure it went to the most remote parts where help was needed and brought chainsaws so he could clear jungle. He was a wonderful man who cared about the people here.’

Alciso has admitted killing Mr Gilchrist but said he regretted it as he has three children as a single parent. The 42-year-old also claimed he was acting in self defence because Mr Gilchrist was trying to kick him.

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Lee has been in the marketing industry for the last 15 years and now specializes in teaching marketing techniques to people in the scuba diving industry. He is founder of Dive Media Solutions which, in addition to providing complete marketing, media, communications and IT solutions exclusively for the scuba diving industry, also produces The Scuba News. You can connect with Lee via Twitter by following @DiveMedia

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