British Envoy Slain in Brutal Anti-Gay Killing in Jamaica


John Terry, honorary consul to British High Commission in Jamaica, was found murdered in his home in Montego Bay on Wednesday. Authorities found blood, a cord and an article of clothing around his neck, and evidence he had been beaten.

Times Online: "Police believe that Mr Terry, who was married but separated from his wife,
knew his attacker. There were no signs of forced entry at the property. However, it is believed that the killer stole his wallet and mobile telephone
in an attempt to make it appear as though a robbery had gone wrong. Police
would not say whether Mr Terry’s murder was thought to be linked to his work
as a Justice of the Peace but they were investigating the possibility that
the attack might have been homophobic after a handwritten note on his body
described him as a 'batty man', local slang for a homosexual. The note also
said: 'This is what will happen to ALL gays.' It was signed: 'Gay-Man'. The former hotel manager had worked in the island’s tourism trade for more
than 30 years. At the time of his death he was working at the Half Moon
Hotel in Montego Bay, a resort popular with British and American tourists."

The Sun reports: "Mr Terry, made an MBE in 1992, is thought to have escorted the Queen around
Jamaica on several state trips.
He separated from his wife three years ago. She and their two children live in
the Jamaican capital, Kingston. Neighbours said Mr Terry was often seen with men. Lloyd Smith, president of the local chamber of commerce, said he was "deeply
shocked" at the murder."

(via petrelis)