British Consul Killed In Jamaica In Anti-Gay Attack

Jim Burroway

September 11th, 2009

British Consul John TerryViolence against gays in Jamaica is continuing unabated. Honorary British Consul in Jamaica John Terry was found dead at his home in Montego Bay. Police say he died of asphyxiation after being repeatedly beaten, possibly with a lamp. Police say neighbors found his naked body laying in the yard with a cloth and cord tied around his neck. A trail of blood was found throughout the property.

Police are investigating the possibility that the attack might have been an anti-gay attack, citing a handwritten note on Terry’s body describing him as a “batty man”, a pejorative term for a gay man. The note warned, “This is what will happen to ALL gays.” It was signed, “Gay-Man.”

While London newspapers are reporting the gay angle — even the conservative Times of London mentioned the note as an indication of the murderer’s motive — but the Jamaican news media has been silent on the issue. The Gleaner’s report on the murder completely ignored the evidence of an anti-gay bashing

Jamaica has become notorious for its ongoing anti-gay violence. The U.S. State Department singled out Jamaica for “human rights abuses, including arbitrary detention, mob attacks, stabbings, harassment of homosexual patients by hospital and prison staff, and targeted shootings of homosexuals. Police often did not investigate such incidents.”

Terry,  65, had lived in Jamaica since 1967 where he represented the British High Commission for the popular resort area of Montego Bay.

Chris McCoy

September 11th, 2009

Yet Another Reason To Boycott Jamaica ™
Sanctions should also be imposed, imho.


September 11th, 2009

Bet the Cubans wouldn’t treat us this badly.

Lindoro Almaviva

September 11th, 2009

It would be interesting to see what measures the British government takes. Afterall, honorary or not, he had an official British title.

I do agree that sanctions should be in place.


September 11th, 2009

What is the Jamacian government.


September 11th, 2009

Oops, what is the Jamacian government doing to stop this insanity.


September 11th, 2009

Oh boy I can’t wait for all the ignorant Jamaicans to come posting and whining about the facts shared here. *roll eyes*

How about stop bitching to us about the truth and do something about the criminals in your country?


September 11th, 2009

“Oh boy I can’t wait for all the ignorant Jamaicans to come posting and whining about the facts shared here.”

They’re too busy smoking pot to care.

Timothy Kincaid

September 11th, 2009


No, they mostly like to go to the threads in which I show their flag as bloodstained and ask HOW DARE I before making some homophobic rant. Which, of course, only confirms my resolve to expose this nation and culture for the cauldron of hatred, violence, and homophobia that it is.

Dan L

September 11th, 2009

A fine post, but your line about “even the conservative Times of London” strikes me as more than a bit odd. The Times is at most centre-right, and even with Murdoch at the helm still retains to some degree its “newspaper of record” reputation. The main conservative paper is the Telegraph, but given the reasonably pro-gay tilt of the Conservative Party these days, I’d be rather perplexed at any attempt to derive any particular special meaning from whether the Telegraph (or the Times) chooses to include a gay angle in a news story or not.

paul j stein

September 12th, 2009

Messaging the cruise lines and travel purveyors of Jamacian travel might get something done…or not. Usual bullsh*t!

Wato/ PROUD Jamaican

October 9th, 2009

“Hate is Hate and Violence is Violence”. It sickens me as a Jamaican to know that my country and citizens are participating in violence and hate against homosexuals. We are suppose to be a God loving and fearing country. We are no better than those who commit heinous acts against others because of their race, religion or gender. No one is dictating that Jamaicans embrace the notion of homosexuality. What is being asked is that the degradation of gays in Jamaican-music cease, that the violence perpetrated on the homosexual community must be stopped and prosecuted to the fullest. Also, that the governing heads of state of Jamaica must stop marginalizing the need for human rights protection for homosexuals in Jamaica. Isn’t it ironic that the most popular dance hall phrases during a concert/stage show are “Who love God?…and… Who hate batty man? If only Jamaicans would take that displaced hatred and anger… and fight the real demons destroying our beautiful and proud country… POVERTY, VIOLENCE, AIDS, UNEMPLOYMENT, POOR-EDUCATION (ILLITERACY), POOR HEALTH CARE, and GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION. IF you really want to fight or even kill take on one of the aforementioned demons, and leave the homosexuals alone. “OUT of MANY ONE PEOPLE”.

Priya Lynn

October 9th, 2009

Wato, its nice to hear from a Jamaican such as yourself, thanks for your support.


April 29th, 2010

“…expose this nation and culture for the cauldron of hatred, violence, and homophobia that it is.”

??? You dont like Jamaica, Jamaica doesn’t like you. SO F**K OFF!!! Why dont u stay where you are and bugger the kids in YOUR community.

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