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Dead Aussie in SAfrica possibly murdered

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016

The family of an Australian-British man found dead in an apartment complex in Johannesburg is being provided consular assistance as South African police investigate a possible murder.

Banker James Starkey's body was reportedly found in a luxury apartment complex by a colleague after he was noticed missing on October 8.

South African police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini says the case is being treated as a murder.

The general manager of Legacy Hotels, the company that owns the the Raphael Penthouse Suites, told Fairfax Media Mr Starkey may have invited his killer in.

His family said in a statement released to media they were devastated.

"James lived life to the full and certainly had everything to live for, having recently become engaged and planning to return to settle in Australia in the near future."

The Department of Foreign Affairs is working with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to provide consular assistance to Mr Starkey's family.

"As the man entered South Africa on his UK passport, in line with South African consular practice, the FCO is leading in providing assistance," a spokesman said.

"Due to privacy obligations, DFAT will not comment further."

His body has reportedly been repatriated to Australia and buried in Sydney.

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