British tourist’s murder in Jamaica was ‘contract killing’, police say

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The murder of a 33-year-old British tourist in Jamaica was a “contract killing” by “unknown assailants”, local police have said.

Sean Patterson, a personal trainer from west London, was found with gunshot wounds to his upper body and head around midday on Monday near the pool of his holiday accommodation in Bogue Hill, St James.

Fitz Bailey, the police deputy commissioner, said on Wednesday: “Our investigation so far has theorised that the murder was a contract killing that emanated from Britain.”

Mr Bailey added that Mr Patterson arrived in Jamaica shortly before New Year’s Eve on December 29, with another man who was also from London. 

The pair spent a few days at an apartment before checking into the villa in Bogue Hill on New Year’s Day.

Later that day, the two Britons met up with a third man from Kingston, and all three stayed at the guest house in separate rooms. 

At around noon the following day, Mr Patterson and the Jamaican man went to the villa’s pool, where the incident is reported to have taken place. 

‘Several loud explosions’

Mr Bailey said that the Jamaican man “reported that his back was turned to Patterson when he heard several loud explosions [which] sounded like gunshots”.

“He reported that he looked around and saw a lone man dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt with a handgun shooting Patterson,” he said. 

The witness reportedly fled and hid in bushes. Upon their arrival at the scene, police found the 33-year-old victim on his back in a “pool of blood” with “what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the upper-body and head”.

Mr Bailey added: “There is no evidence Patterson was robbed.”

The commissioner said local authorities are working with their international partners, including British police, and are making “significant progress” in the case.

Mr Patterson’s mother told the Daily Mail that her son had travelled to the Caribbean island to meet family and it was his first time visiting the country.

‘No mother should have to bury her child’

Lesley Wright, from west London, said her son had relatives in Jamaica on his father’s side, but never got to meet them before he was killed.

Mrs Wright, 63, said: “The local police have told me that Sean was at a big party over New Year and was sitting by a pool talking to friends.

“Someone pulled at his arm and he shrugged the person off but about four gunshots were fired immediately afterwards and Sean was hit in the upper body.”

She added: “I’ve lost my baby. No mother should have to bury her child. He’d gone to Jamaica with my godson and one of my best friends and had only been there for two days.”

A spokesman for the Foreign Office confirmed they are currently “supporting the family of a British man who died in Jamaica and are in contact with the local authorities”.

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