Brother of murdered Leeds millionaire businessman: “I can never forgive killer”

John Luper's brother Toby and Det Supt Simon Atkinson outside John's former home. Picture Scott Merrylees
John Luper's brother Toby and Det Supt Simon Atkinson outside John's former home. Picture Scott Merrylees
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The brother of murdered John Luper says he will not be able to forgive the killers of the Leeds millionaire businessman if they are finally brought to justice after more than a decade.

Speaking on the 11th anniversary of the botched robbery at his home in Alwoodley, which led to the death of the 57-year-old, Toby Luper said he was no longer angry but determined to ensure the culprits were caught.

The distinctive Cartier watch that was stolen from him which was platinum with rows of diamonds either side of the face.

The distinctive Cartier watch that was stolen from him which was platinum with rows of diamonds either side of the face.

John Luper, who had a clothing manufacturing business, died during a robbery at his home in Sandmoor Drive in the early hours of February 17, 2004.

Jewellery and cash totalling around £100,000 were taken, including a rare Cartier watch.

The timepiece was platinum with vertical rows of diamonds either side of the face and was one of only four sold in the UK at the time.

Mr Luper’s brother Toby said: “I don’t think I can forgive them, forgiveness in these circumstances is very hard. I would be surprised with myself if I could forgive those people.

“At the time I was very angry, now I am not angry. Now I am just determined to ensure these people are brought to justice, that these people get a sentence that the crime they committed deserves.

“They walk around every day oblivious to what may happen.

“The fact that these people have made me think about things I never even dreamed about before this happened, that in itself has changed my life forever.”

West Yorkshire Police say the answers about who was responsible are likely to “lie within the criminal fraternity”.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, said: “The fact that 11 years has passed since John Luper’s death has not lessened how determined we still are to get justice for his family.”

“Allegiances often change over the years and it may be that people are in a better position now to come forward and tell us what they know.”

Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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