Police arrest suspect in diplomat's murder

Friday, January 22, 2010

POLICE yesterday nabbed a suspect in the murder of British diplomat John Terry.

The suspect, a 23-year-old security guard, was picked up at his workplace in Montego Bay, St James, early yesterday morning.

He is expected to be interviewed by homicide investigators in the coming days.

Yesterday, the police expressed confidence that they were close to solving Terry's murder.

In a press release, Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green said the arrest was the result of intensive work.

"Our detectives have worked long and exhaustive hours in putting together the evidence which led to the arrest today. We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made thus far but our work is not yet done. There are some matters still to investigate and other persons to interview, but we are well on our way," Green said.

Terry's nude body was found at his home in Mount Carey, St James, by his gardener in September last year.

He appeared to have been beaten with a blunt object and his body was wrapped in a sheet.

A post-mortem revealed that he was strangled to death.

Residents of Mount Carey said a man was seen running from Terry's home, the night before the body was found, who asked for directions to take a taxi to the nearby resort city of Montego Bay.

Two days after the discovery of the body, police released a composite sketch of a man they believed to be the prime suspect in the killing. Police described the suspect as being of slim build, brown complexion, and with a bleached face.

He was seen by Terry's neighbours wearing a brown shirt, brown pants, a brown cap with white on the peak and carrying a black and grey knapsack.

Gay rights advocates labelled the Terry murder a hate crime and called for Britain and the European Union to cut aid to Jamaica.