Police in Montego Bay, Jamaica dismiss speculation that the brutal murder of British diplomat John Terry was a homophobic attack or a hate crime. This despite the note found on Terry's nude body that described him as a "batty man"—derogatory Jamaican slang for a homosexual—and the note claimed: "This is what will happen to ALL gays." Details of the note are not reported in Jamaican media.
Head of Serious and Organised Crime, Assistant Commissioner Les Green, said the evidence pointed away from a hate crime. "I don't think it is a homophobic attack, although it's been run in the UK press. It isn't consistent with the information that we have. It is unlikely." Crime scene experts have reported that the evidence at Terry's home would suggest that he knew his attacker and had possibly let his attacker inside the confines of his home. There was no sign of forced entry and neighbours reported seeing a young black man in his company in the days leading up to his murder.
Jason McFarlane, director of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), tells the Gleaner that JFLAG is "concerned the police have hastily ruled it out as an attack against a homosexual."
Green adds: "There have been attacks mainly in the Corporate Area but they have never ended in murder. There are openly gay people in Jamaica and they live quite openly and mingle freely."
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