Two of Brit’s family members shot dead in his bed
Police investigating the murder of a Brit in Jamaica who was shot dead in his bed have arrested two family members.
Michael Brown, 48, has been embroiled in a bitter eight-year family feud over property, police officers on the island say.
The victim – known as Jimmy – was shot dead in Mike Town at 12:20 a.m. Thursday, just days after his 74-year-old mother’s funeral.
He sustained gunshot wounds to the upper body and was taken to hospital in nearby Mandeville, where he was pronounced dead.
A family member told the Jamaica Observer he was killed in his bed.
Superintendent Shane McCalla said two relatives of the dead man have been arrested.
The officer announced that police had attempted to resolve the long-standing family dispute over property and homes.
He said “people were warned” when officials intervened on Jan. 18 over the dispute, which dates back to 2015 and involves “a total of five homes.”
But their efforts were not enough to prevent Mr Brown’s murder.
Investigators are to investigate whether he was killed because of this dispute.
A police spokesman said: “This is a despicable crime and we are reviewing all lines of investigation.
“This man came from England and came over to look after his new house he was building and to visit his family.
“By all accounts he was a hard working man. We intend to bring those responsible to justice.”
A local resident said that there are many land and ownership disputes in Jamaica, which sometimes end tragically.
She said: “This young man came over from England to bury his mother and look after the house he was building and he will be buried himself.
“It’s so awful and sad. If you come all the way, you won’t come back.”
Jimmy was killed weeks after another Briton was gunned down in what he suspected was a contract killing.
Sean Patterson, 33, a personal trainer from Shepherd’s Bush, London, was found with gunshot wounds to the torso and head in the St James area.
Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey called it a “contract killing” ordered in Britain.
He said Sean arrived in Jamaica on December 29 with another man, also from London.
The couple had spent several days in an apartment before checking into the Bogue Hill mansion on New Year’s Day.
Later that day, Sean and his friend met a third person from Kingston, and all three lived in separate rooms at the guest house.
It was around noon the following day when Sean and the Jamaican walked to the villa’s pool deck, and a “lone man in a black hoodie” was seen firing shots.
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