Peer's daughter Aurora Moynihan shot dead in the Philippines

Body is found with a sign that reads: 'Pusher to the celebrities, you are next'

Monday 19 September 2016 11:42
Aurora Moynihan (right) with her sister Maritoni Fernandez
Aurora Moynihan (right) with her sister Maritoni Fernandez

The daughter of a British peer has been shot dead in the Philippines in what is thought to have been a drugs-related murder.

A body that was found in a Manila street has been identified as that of Aurora Moynihan, the daughter of Lord Anthony Moynihan, who died in 1991 having fled the UK after facing a string of fraud allegations.

The 45-year-old was found with several sachets of drugs about her person and a sign that read: “Pusher to the celebrities, you are next”.

Ms Moynihan was arrested in 2013 during a raid on a drugs den and is believed to be part of a syndicate, according to the Mirror.

Since Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines, there has been an extreme crackdown on drugs including a wave of vigilante killings that has been widely condemned by the international community.

Ms Moynihan’s sister Maritoni Fernandez, a well-known film actress in the Philippines, published a statement in which she said the family was taking time to grieve.

“We as a family have one priority and truth at this point in time and that is to protect her children from further pain and suffering so that they, and we as a family may take this time to grieve, mourn but most of all celebrate the life of this exceptional human being I will forever have the privilege of calling my sister," she said, according to the Telegraph.

Ms Moynihan’s father was described as “confidence trickster, brothel-keeper, drug-smuggler and police informer," in his Telegraph obituary.

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