A WOMAN whose husband was killed as he tried to defend her from attackers while they holidayed in St Lucia was a former Trafford health director.

Margaret Pratt and her husband Roger, 63, were staying on the Caribbean island as part of a round the world trip they had undertaken to celebrate Mrs Pratt’s 60th birthday.

The couple, from Warwickshire, were attacked on their boat, which was moored off the Vieux Fort coast, on Friday January 17.

Mr Pratt died on the boat, while Mrs Pratt is still being treated in hospital.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) confirmed that Mrs Pratt acted as interim director of finance at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust in the period before CMFT took over Trafford Healthcare on April 1 2012.

She is thought to have served in the role between November 2010 and May 2012.

It has been reported that some men are in custody in relation to the murder, but no one has been arrested or charged.

Before she embarked on her trip, Mrs Pratt wrote on her LinkedIn profile: “Off travelling! The plan is to be in the Caribbean for my 60th birthday in January 2014... all a bit of a leap into the unknown. Please stay in touch - I plan to be an assiduous correspondent!"

The couple are thought only to have been in St Lucia on January 17 due to bureaucracy, as Mrs Pratt had wrote in her blog that they had been held up by HM Customs and Excise in Soufriere.