John Terry, 64, the honorary British consul in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was “killed by unknown assailants at his home in Mount Carey, St. James” on Wednesday, Jamaica’s Constabulary Communications Network said in a statement. Terry, a New Zealand native, had lived in Jamaica since 1967 and represented the British High Commission on the Caribbean island’s western end. This is a sad turn of events and certainly not the public relations nightmare the island needs at this time.
The body of John A. Terry, whose throat was tied with cord and clothing, was found by neighbours yesterday afternoon in the yard of his Montego Bay home, according to police spokesman Karl Angell. Authorities have not revealed any possible motive and no arrests have been made. Source: Jamaica Observer
While the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear, this is a blow to Jamaica, which has been wrestling with high crime rates for a long time. The commission employs about 100 people who focus on promoting trade, issuing visas and topics such as politics, defense and management, the commission says on its Web site.