Brother’s pledge 10 years after robbery gang murdered Leeds millionaire

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The brother of a millionaire businessman murdered exactly a decade ago says he is more determined than ever to see the killers caught.

John Luper, 57, died in a robbery at his million-pound home in Alwoodley, Leeds, while his family were tied up upstairs, 10 years ago today.

John Luper.

John Luper.

Despite exhaustive investigations at the time and in the years since, the culprits have never been found.

But Mr Luper’s brother, Toby, insists he will never give up hope.

“As long as I have got breath in my body I’ll see these people brought to book,” he said.

Manufacturing businessman Mr Luper had been walking his dog when he was attacked and dragged into the house by a gang.

His wife, Iyican, daughter, Liza-Rose, and their au pair were tied up while the gang stole jewellery and cash worth £100,000 before fleeing.

Mr Luper was found dead by his family in the early hours of February 17, 2004. A postmortem revealed he died of asphyxiation.

Among the items stolen was a distinctive Cartier watch – one of only four in the country at the time.

Toby Luper added: “You can never get over this. It might get a little bit easier, but I think about him every single day and you have to understand that my brother and I were like one finger. We were very close. To lose someone like that is impossible to get over.”

Senior investigator Det Chief Insp Simon Atkinson said forensic examinations continued.

He added: “Although we have gone ten years our resolve to get the answers for the Luper family is undiminished. We feel we’re not far off from getting this case to where it belongs – in court.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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