(CMR) The Jamaica Constabulary Force said the murder of a British tourist in Jamaica last week was a “contract killing”.
Sean Patterson (33), a personal trainer from west London, was found with gunshot wounds to his upper body and head at about midday on Monday, January 2, in Bogue Hill, St James.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey said the killing was “a contract killing that emanated from Britain”.
Patterson reportedly arrived in Jamaica on 29 December with another man who was also from London. The pair had spent several days at an apartment before checking into the villa in Bogue Hill on New Year's Day.
The two met up with a third man from Kingston, a deportee from the UK, on New Year's Day. All three men stayed at the guest house in separate rooms. The following day at around noon, Patterson and the Jamaican man went to the villa's pool deck when he was shot and killed.
“[The Kingston man] reported that his back was turned to Patterson when he heard several loud explosions [which] sounded like gunshots,” Mr. Bailey said.
“He reported that he looked around and saw a lone man dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt with a handgun shooting Patterson,” he added.
The witness reportedly fled and hid in the bushes.
Jamaican authorities said they were working with international partners, including UK police, to solve this murder.