Paul Gardner, was he killed because he dissed a “poor sport?”

New information gleamed on this case from June of this year suggest Mr Gardner was helping a young man at his house home while his wife was away. It is known that from time to time he did in fact assisted young men who were in trouble, as to their sexual orientation that is unknown at this time although speculation is rife. The young man apparently brought another man without his knowledge to the home to which Mr. Gardner strongly objected an argument ensued wherein the third party’s present in another room to who Gardner protested in the strongest terms to which it is reported the young man overheard Gardner referred to the third party as a low life.

This angered the man who burst into the room and an argument ensued, the original guest tried to calm things down but he too was also attacked and suffered injuries, Mr. Gardner tried to call the police but it was too late for him the alleged murderer launched a broadside on Gardner inflicting multiple stab wounds.

The difficulty with cases such as this is that sometimes they languish whenever there aren’t enough pieces to finish the puzzle, if what is being presented here is true the matter of the down-low relationships comes clear here. We all know that the nation is already cynical whenever stories like this make news as the proverbial cliche comes to mouth “There they go killing each other again,” thus causing little interest in the follow up that needs to bring closure to the issue.

It maybe true that gay on gay violence is real but how do we properly justify literally case by case to defeat the cynical non interest by John public and by extension the investigative authorities?

The Jamaica Observer at the time (June 03, 2010) published this entry:

Managing director of Wexford Hotel found dead in Mango Walk apartment

MONTEGO BAY, ST James — FRIENDS and family of 43-year-old Paul Gardner, managing director of the Wexford Hotel here, are in shock following the discovery of his body yesterday in an apartment minutes away from his matrimonial home in the Norwood Housing Scheme.

The gruesome discovery was made in the wee hours of the morning after the police spotted a Toyota Vista motor car — which turned out to be that of Gardner’s wife, Raquel — being driven without headlights on during a patrol in Greenwood, a community on the border of St James and Trelawny.

According to a normally impeccable Observer West police source, as the police drew closer, the motor vehicle accelerated, but was intercepted within minutes.

One of the two occupants of the car jumped out and eluded the police. However, the driver, whose clothes were drenched in blood, was caught. The police also discovered a bloodied knife in the car.

After being interrogated, the man led the police to an apartment in the upscale Mango Walk community of St James, where Gardner’s bloody body was found with multiple stab wounds.

Subsequent investigations led the police to the suspect’s house in Greenwood.

According to the police, the house is shared by about 10 other male occupants.

The police source say an identification card belonging to a senior army man was also discovered at the Greenwood apartment.

Gardner, who was employed to the Wexford for just under a year, was highly respected in the hotel sector where he worked with several establishments before settling at the Wexford. He also lectured at the Northern Caribbean University’s Runaway Bay campus.

“He was supposed to be there this evening,” his wife, Raquel told the Observer West yesterday.

According to Raquel, she last saw her husband at about 7:00 pm on the night of his murder.

“We arrived home within minutes of each other and watched the news together. Then he said he had to go back to work to finish some paperwork for the bank. The last thing we talked about was renewing our drivers’ licences which expire in July,” she said in tears.

Gardner, who hails from Westmoreland’s Bethel Town, is also survived by a daughter and two sons.

‘Paul Gardner was a good man’— Wexford

THE Wexford Hotel expressed sorrow at the death of its managing director in a press release yesterday. “The management and staff of The Wexford Hotel sadly mourn the loss of our managing director, Paul Gardner, who was killed by unknown assailants this morning, Wednesday, June 2.

“Paul was an integral part of our team, someone we could always depend on,” said Carlyle Allen, the hotel’s chairman.

“Mr Gardner was a jovial person, an all-rounder that bent backwards in offering help to staff, he’ll be greatly missed,” Allen added.

also: West Kgn resident charged for murder of Paul Gardner (June 24th)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The police here have charged a West Kingston resident with the murder of 43-year-old Paul Gardner the former managing director of the Wexford Hotel whose bloodied body was found in an apartment a short distance from his home in Norwood Housing Scheme earlier this month.

Charged is Damialey Dawes, 19, of a Denham Town, West Kingston address. He is scheduled to appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court this week.

James was held early Wednesday morning, June 2, after the Trelawny police spotted a Toyota Vista motor car — which turned out to be that of Gardner’s wife, Raquel — being driven without headlights on during a patrol in Greenwood, a community on the border of St James and Trelawny.

As the police drew closer, the motor vehicle accelerated, but was intercepted within minutes.

One of the two occupants of the car jumped out and eluded the police. However, Dawes, who was driving was caught. His clothes were drenched in blood and the police discovered a bloodied knife in the car.

After being interrogated, he led the police to an apartment in the upscale Mango Walk community of St James, where Gardner’s bloody body was found with multiple stab wounds.

Subsequent investigations led the police to the house where Dawes was staying in Greenwood.Dawes, who was being held at the Freeport Police lock-up in Montego Bay, was charged on Monday.

Meanwhile, the police say they have revved up their search for Dawes’ accomplice, whom they say is well known.

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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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