Brit’s murder in Jamaica ‘was British-ordered assassination’

Murder of British tourist in Jamaica'was British-ordered assassination'

Sean Patterson was found with gunshot wounds to the torso and head

The fatal shooting of a British tourist in Jamaica was a “contract killing” carried out by “unknown assailants” ordered by Britain, local police said.

Sean Patterson, a 33-year-old personal trainer from west London, was found Monday near the pool of his guest house in Bogue Hill, St James, with gunshot wounds to his torso and head.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Fitz Bailey said: “Our investigation to date has theorized that the killing was a contract killing carried out by Britain.”

Mr Bailey went on to say that Mr Patterson had arrived in Jamaica just before New Year’s Eve on December 29 with another man, also from London.

The couple spent several days in an apartment before checking into the Bogue Hill mansion on New Year’s Day.

Later that day, the commissioner said, the two Britons met with a third man – from Kingston – who would be present when Mr Patterson was shot.

All three men had slept in separate rooms in the guest house, and around noon the following day Mr. Patterson and the Jamaican had gone to the villa’s pool deck.

“(The Kingston man) reported that his back was turned to (Mr.) Patterson when he heard several loud explosions that sounded like gunfire,” Mr. Bailey said.

“He reported that he looked around and saw a lone man in a black hoodie with a pistol shooting at (Mr.) Patterson.”

According to reports, the witness fled and hid in bushes.


Mr Patterson was shot dead while on holiday with a friend in Jamaica (Image: Family Handout/UNPIXS)

When they arrived at the scene, police found the victim lying on his back in a “pool of blood” with “gunshot wounds to the torso and head.”

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

Finally, the commissioner said local authorities were working with their international partners – including the UK police – and were making “significant progress” on the case.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) confirmed that they are currently “supporting the family of a Briton who died in Jamaica and are in contact with local authorities”.

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

One Love Guest House Jamaica A BRIT tourist has been shot dead in a luxury villa in Jamaica. Cops say Sean Patterson, 33, was visiting the Caribbean island when he was gunned down at the guest house where he was staying on Monday. From Facebook

Mr Patterson was shot dead near the pool at his guest house in Bogue Hill, St James (Image: Facebook)

Lesley Wright, of Shepherds Bush, west London, said he had relatives on his father’s side in Jamaica but never met them before he was shot.

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

“Someone pulled on his arm and he shook the person off, but immediately after that about four shots were fired and Sean was hit in the torso.”

She added: “I lost my baby. No mother should have to bury her child.

“He went to Jamaica with my godchild and one of my best friends and was only there for two days.”

His mother went on to say her son wasn’t “the argumentative type” so she was at a loss as to the motive behind his killing, describing him as “the loveliest, sweetest boy and the kindest, brightest man.”

“We hope for justice and that my son’s killer is taken off the streets where they can’t hurt anyone or destroy another family,” Ms. Wright said.

The 33-year-old should have married his longtime girlfriend in 2023, the email said.

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