Woman speaks to friend days before murder of former Portsmouth man

Glenn Miller pictured in Portsmouth
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A WOMAN who spoke to a friend days before he was found dead after being shot in the neck said: ‘He didn’t have an enemy in the world.’

Connie Muscat, 59, had been due to visit ex-pat Glenn Miller, who is originally from the Portsmouth area, at his farmhouse in the hamlet of Traon Bras in Brittany, France next month.

She was shocked to discover the 65-year-old musician had died in mysterious circumstances, sparking a murder investigation.

Mrs Muscat, of Emsworth Road, North End, Portsmouth, who met Mr Miller about 30 years ago, said: ‘He wouldn’t harm a fly. I can’t believe it.

‘I’ve just been sitting starting at the floor, I had asked my son to get me a copy of The News. As soon as I saw the picture of the farmhouse on the front page I knew.

‘I opened the paper and his picture was there.

‘I don’t know what to do. I’m absolutely gutted.’

Mrs Muscat said she first met Mr Miller through her late ex-husband in the 1980s and that he had regularly stayed at their home.

As reported, he had moved to Canada in the 1990s.

He had got back in touch with Mrs Muscat about nine months ago and phoned her regularly.

She had been due to visit him at his home in north west Brittany, near the port of Brest, next month, and last saw Mr Miller about two years ago when he visited her at her home.

Mrs Muscat said: ‘I was supposed to go out there in three weeks. It must have been a couple of nights before this tragedy that I spoke to him.

‘We talked about me going out, He was fine. He was absolutely fine.’

Mrs Muscat said Mr Miller told her he had got a job carrot-picking on a farm and they had a laugh.

Another woman, Jane Osterholm, from Havant, said she had also known Mr Miller for many years and that he had also asked her if she would like to visit his home in France before they lost touch about two years ago.

It is believed he lived a quiet life at the farmhouse near the village of Plouvenez-Lochrist.

He was found slumped in the corner of the dining room at this home by a neighbour on September 14, surrounded by dried blood.

About 25 officers searched the surrounding area, but no weapon has been found.