The killing of a British tourist in Jamaica was a “contract killing” by “unknown assailants”, police in the country have claimed.
There was Sean Peterson from West London. Found in a “pool of blood” with gunshot wounds. on his upper body and head around noon on January 2.
Officers made the gruesome discovery near the pool of the 33-year-old’s holiday accommodation in Boghill, St James, where he was staying with another man, also from London.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) FitzBailey said in a video statement on Wednesday, “Our investigation so far has led to the view that the killing was a contract killing from the UK.”
He added that Mr Peterson arrived in Jamaica on December 29 and spent several days in an apartment before checking into a villa in Bogo Hill on New Year’s Day.
Later that day, Mr Patterson and his roommate met a third man from Kingston, and the three stayed in separate rooms at the guesthouse.
Around noon the next day, Mr Peterson and the Jamaican man went to the villa’s pool deck and a “lone man in a black hooded sweatshirt” was seen firing shots, Mr Bailey said.
“(The Kingston man) reported that his back was turned to (Mr) Peterson when he heard several loud explosions (which) sounded like gunshots,” he added.
“He reported that he looked around and saw a lone man dressed in a black sweatshirt shooting a handgun at (Mr.) Patterson.”
The witness reportedly ran away and hid in the bushes.
‘Significant progress’ is being made.
The commissioner concluded by saying that local authorities were working closely with their international partners, including police in the UK, and were making “significant progress” in the case.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Peterson’s mother, Lesley Wright, said her son had gone to Jamaica to visit family, and that it was his first visit to the country.
The 63-year-old told the news outlet: “I lost my child. No mother needs to bury her child.
“We hope for justice and that my son’s killer is taken off the street where he can’t hurt anyone else and destroy another family.”
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed they were “supporting the family of the British man who died in Jamaica and are in contact with local authorities”.
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