Police say thay have arrested a man in connection with the murder of UK honorary British consul John Terry.
Mr. Terry, 65, was discovered inside by his gardner who alerted neighbours and then the ploice his home with a cord around his neck and severe head injuries in early September, a note found on his body read,
“This is what will happen to ALL gays.” The note was signed “Gay-Man”.
Neighbors said a man was seen leaving Terry’s home the night before the body was discovered and had also been seen asking for directions to take a taxi into the nearby resort city of Montego Bay.
Police spokesman Karl Angell said the 23-year-old man has been arrested but had not yet been charged with Terry’s murder.
“The police are making arrangements to interview the suspect in the presence of an attorney and will conduct identification parades in the next few days,” said Angell.
Two other men who were also briefly detained in connection with the investigation have been released according to Angell.
Gay right advocates in Jamaica had suggested Terry murder’s was a hate crime. Violence against LGBT is commonplace ion that Caribbean Island Nation and a 2006 Time Magazine report said that Jamaica could possibly be “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth”, pointing out that two of the island’s most prominent gay activists, Brian Williamson and Steve Harvey had been murdered.
However, local police said that the letter found at the crime scene indicated to them that the diplomat’s death might have been the result of a lovers’ quarrel.
“There have been attacks mainly in the Corporate Area but they have never ended in murder. There are openly gay people in Jamaica and they live quite openly and mingle freely,” said Head of Serious and Organized Crime, Assistant Police Commissioner Les Green in a statement.
Tourism, Jamaica’s number one industry, has been suffering due to the sluggish economy in the United States and Britain
Many in Jamaica’s tourist business feared that Terry’s high profile murder, which has been heavily reported on in the British Press and by the BBC, would kill a deal inked last month by the Jamaican Director of Tourism, John Lynch, with British Airways to resume flights to Montego Bay and along with it, any hopes of a recovery in the ailing Jamaican tourist trade.
parts from LEZGETREAL