Businessman leaves £4 million will


By Cara Sulieman

THE son-in-law of the late Eddie Thompson has left nearly £4 million in his will.

Kenneth Mitchell, 38, was killed in a motorbike accident whilst driving behind his wife on the A90 near Dalmeny in October last year.

And just three days later the Dundee United owner lost his battle with prostate cancer leaving Kenneth’s widow, Justine, to deal with two tragic losses

Now details of his will have been released and the father of two has left his entire estate to his wife, also 38.

The vast bulk of the multi-million pound fortune is property, with a total of five in prestigious parts of Edinburgh.

His legacy included the family home in Murrayfield along with two further buildings in the same area and two office spaces in the New Town.

And he also left the car number plate D2KEN, worth a whopping £10,000, along with £100 and some personal effects to his grieving widow.

Kenneth, who ran his own recruitment company, married Justine in 2004 at Dundas Castle, just three miles from the crash site.

The couple, who lived in Edinburgh, have a one-year-old son Monty together, and Kenneth had a daughter, Jessica, from a previous marriage.

It was in the last few days of Eddie Thompson’s battle against prostate cancer that Kenneth tragically lost control of his Harley Davidson on a bend and crashed.

His horror-stricken wife watched in her rear-view mirror as he fell from his bike, leaving him with fatal head injuries.

Emergency services raced to the smash but were unfortunately unable to save Kenneth who died on the scene.

The bike had been a gift from his wife Justine only a month before the crash and he was trying it out for the first time.

And just three days later, his grieving widow suffered another blow when her father lost his battle to prostate cancer.

Kenneth’s mother, Christine Mitchell, said that the family are still coming to terms with what happened to her son.

She said: “We are still very raw, but we are coping.

“Kenneth was a bit of a charmer and had done very well for himself. He could always get himself out of a sticky situation.

“We got so many flowers sent to us at the time from people who cared and grieved for Kenneth.

“Sometimes it just doesn’t feel like he’s gone, even when we’re up at his grave. It just doesn’t feel real.

“Kenneth didn’t have any money to leave as far as I was aware. The house must be worth an awful lot.”

All the Thompson’s were all close to the tragic father-of-two, and he was well liked at Tannadice Park.

None of the Thompson family would comment on the estate Kenneth left behind, or say how they are now coping with his death.

Speaking at the time, Stephen Thompson, Justine’s brother, said that is was a tragic waste of life.

He said: “Justine, Monty and Jessica are devastated by the sudden loss of Ken, a much-loved husband and father.

“He was their whole life and had so much to live for, and so much left to give.”

And Derek Robertson, a director at the club and close friend of the family, said everyone at the club was devastated by the news.

He said at the time: “We are all extremely upset at this tragic news.

“Ken was a well-known and popular figure at Tannadice, particularly on match days and was clearly devoted to his family.”

It was later revealed that Kenneth was banned from driving at the time of the crash, having been up at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in July 2008 for using his phone whilst driving.

With an already tarnished licence, he received an automatic six-month ban when the three points he got for the offence took him up to the 12-point limit.