Business motive sought for ISP head slaying

Philip Carlye, a New Zealand-born Internet company director shot and killed in his Gold Coast, Queensland, office this month, was an entrepreneur with a long list of business ventures behind him.

Philip Carlye, a New Zealand-born Internet company director shot and killed in his Gold Coast, Queensland, office this month, was an entrepreneur with a long list of business ventures behind him.

Carlye, a partner and marketing director of Australian Internet service provider Atnet, was shot four times in the head at close range on April 13. A team of 25 detectives seeking a motive for the murder has set up a Web site on the Internet with an appeal for information about the victim and his business activities. Following a lack of response to the Web site they’ve extended their enquiries to New Zealand through Interpol.

In September 1996, Carlye met Atnet partner Neil Pentland, with whom he set up the company in January. Pentland posted a tribute to Carlye on the company’s Web site, describing his love of sport and his commitment to his family and the Catholic Church.

Pentland says before his death, Carlye was negotiating many large site plans and developments and was about to leave for Malaysia to promote a service for insurance quotes over the Internet.

According to police there was no sign of a struggle or forced entry and robbery was not a motive, leaving police to speculate that the killing could have been motivated by a business dealing.

In 1982 Carlyle and his wife Gion started a microwave oven company in Takapuna, Microwave Specialists, which went into liquidation, and 10 years ago they moved to Australia. Other business ventures include two Mexican restaurants, the manufacture of corn chips, the manufacture of pads to keep cut flowers moist and a bakery business.

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