British Couple Killed in Jamaica
Jamaican murder police investigate deaths of retired British couple
Jamaican police have opened a double murder investigation after the bodies of a retired British couple were found by officers in their home in Mount Pleasant, in the island’s Portland parish.
Charlie and Gayle Anderson,aged 74 and 71, had recently retired to the Caribbean island from Manchester, their family said.
In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, the couple’s sons said: “Charlie and Gayle were pillars of the community in Manchester and Jamaica, and were hugely popular and loved by many. They were just beginning the next chapter of their lives, retiring to Jamaica before this terrible tragedy. We are completely devastated and ask for privacy at this extremely difficult time.”
They had “enjoyed a long and happy marriage” of 55 years and left behind four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, the statement added.
The pair, also known as Florence and Halford, were found dead on Friday, according to local media reports although the Foreign Office would not confirm when they were discovered.
Former neighbour Kishore Singh told the Press Association: “They were two of the most beautiful people in the world. Charlie was like a father to me.”
He said Charlie Anderson had been building a house in Jamaica and had been going back and forth over the past few years. He added that the Andersons moved to Jamaica for good about 12 months ago, having lived in Manchester for decades, but had been back in the UK recently after falling victim to credit card fraud.
The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper said the couple had been the victims of fraud and had reported the matter to police before they were found dead.
Dep Supt Troyville Haughton was quoted by the newspaper as confirming that the police discovered Charlie Anderson’s body close to a primary school shortly after 1.30pm local time on Friday. His wife’s body was found a short time later at a different location.
Residents in Mount Pleasant, a farming community about 10 miles north of Kingston, said they were shocked by the killings. Jerome Heslop, a farmer, told the Gleaner: “I am baffled by these murders. They have given so much to this community, and they have never said no to anyone.
“Each time they are in Jamaica, they bring back shoes, clothes, tablets, food stuff, school items, and other stuff for residents. It is a wicked and sinful act, and the community has lost two great people.”
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