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August 14, 2006

Australian Tourist Stabbed to Death in Montego Bay Jamaica

Posted in: Crime,Travel

Brian Johnston, 27, of Melbourne, Australia was found stabbed to death and room ransacked at The Gloustershire Hotel on the ‘Hip Strip’ in Montego Bay.

Montego Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city, behind Kingston, and is the island’s most popular destination for international tourists. Jamaica is renowned for its beaches and nightlife, but crime is a problem.

Johnston is the second foreigner to be killed in the area in less than a month, after a pregnant Swedish woman was found mutilated in a neighbouring parish on July 20.
The United States government warns its citizens to be vigilant when visiting the island because “crime, including violent crime, is a serious problem in Jamaica”.(The Australian News)

Here is a different slant on the crime issue in Jamaica courtesy of those in the  tourism industry.

Sales manager at The Gloustershire, Mrs. Valrie Lawrence, said: “It is a police matter, which is under investigations and we are not able to comment at this time.”
Reacting to the incident, Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Ed Bartlett, noted that Jamaica had maintained an impeccable record in terms of tourist safety, adding that statistics show that crimes against tourist was negligible. “It means, therefore, that these incidents are few and far and should never be construed that tourists are unsafe in Jamaica.”

(The Jamaica Gleaner)

UPDATE: Prostitute held over Aussie tourist’s death

A prostitute has been arrested in connection with the savage murder and robbery of Australian tourist Bryan Johnston in the tropical Caribbean nation of Jamaica.
Officers from Jamaica’s Criminal Investigation Branch, following “strong leads”, picked the prostitute up on Tuesday morning.
She has not yet been charged.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a Jamaican police spokesman told AAP.
“If someone is charged, we will let you know.” Jamaican police had been searching for a mystery woman who was last seen with Johnston entering his hotel room at Montego Bay’s Gloucestershire Hotel on Thursday night.
Authorities believe that there were two individuals involved in the crime.
Police sources said they believed a woman, planning to rob Johnston, may have enticed him back to the hotel room for marijuana and sex. A male accomplice was also likely involved, police said, because a large boot print was left on Johnston’s bed.

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