Police in Jamaica claim that the murder of a British tourist in Jamaica was a contract killing by unknown assailants.
Sean Patterson, a west Londoner, was found in “a pool of blood” with bullet wounds on his head and upper body around noon on 2 January.
Officers discovered the shocking discovery close to the holiday home of the 33-year old in Bogue Hill St James. He had been living with another man from London.
“Our investigation has so far led us to believe that the murder was a contract killing emanating from Britain,” Fitz Bailey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), stated in a video statement Wednesday.
He said that Patterson arrived in Jamaica on December 29th and had spent several days in an apartment, before he checked into the villa at Bogue Hill on New Year’s Day.
Later in the day, Patterson and the man who was staying with him met another Kingston resident. They stayed together in separate rooms at the guesthouse.
The Jamaican man and Mr Patterson arrived at the villa’s pool deck around noon on the next day. Mr Bailey stated that a single man wearing a black sweatshirt and a hooded sweatshirt was seen shooting shots.
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“(The Kingston man) reported to Mr. Patterson that he heard loud explosions, which sounded like gunshots, when his back was turned towards him,” he said.
He reported that he saw a single man wearing a black sweatshirt and a gun shooting (Mr. Patterson).
According to reports, the witness fled and hide in the bushes.
‘Significant Progress’ being made
The commissioner stated that local authorities were working with international partners, including the UK police, to make “significant progress” in this case.
Lesley Wright, Patterson’s mother, spoke out to the Daily Mail to say that her son had visited Jamaica to visit family and it was his first trip to the country.
According to the 63-year old, “I’ve lost mine baby.” A mother shouldn’t have to bury her child.
“We pray for justice, that my son’s killer is caught and taken off the streets so they can’t hurt anybody else or destroy another family.”
A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed Tuesday that they were supporting the family of a British victim who died in Jamaica and was in touch with the authorities.