Brit tourist murder in Jamaica ‘was contract killing ordered from UK’, says cops

The murder of a Brit tourist in Jamaica "was a contract killing ordered from the UK", the police believe.

Police investigating the shooting of Sean Patterson on Monday (January 6) say that there was no evidence to show that the personal trainer from west London was robbed or has any connection to the Caribbean island.

The 33-year-old was on a luxury holiday at the One Love Guest House in Bogue Hill, St James, when he was chased by a gunman and shot several times.

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Officers from Montego Bay Police received reports he was standing by the accommodation's on-site pool around midday when witnesses heard “loud explosions”, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

He was rushed to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.

A 34-year-old man from Kingston, Jamaica, has been now taken into custody in connection with the incident, according to local media.

Reports in Jamaica claimed the suspect had been deported from the UK in 2013 for drug offences.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Fitz Bailey said: "Our investigation so far has theorised that the murder was a contract killing that emanated from Britain.

"There is no evidence that Patterson was robbed or has any connection in Jamaica."

The Deputy Commissioner added that the West Londoner was well known to the UK authorities and "has an extensive criminal record for a number of criminal offences which includes narcotics violence and firearms."

Meanwhile, Patterson's broken mother, Lesley Wright, said he had only been in the country for two days when he was murdered, and her "heart is in pain" after her youngest son's attack.

She said: "My beautiful son Sean. I don't understand."

His sister Sarah Wright said the family had been left "heartbroken".

She said: "Well that’s one way to start the new year, finding out your baby brother has been murdered in Jamaica.

"To say we are heartbroken is an understatement."

Patterson lived with his fiancee in Hounslow, west London, and the couple were planning on marrying later this year.

Speaking to local media, Patterson's father, Alan, said his son was "starting to live his life and find himself" in Jamaica.

"We need justice, we want justice, he deserves justice because he was somebody."

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