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Family of businessman killed in Jamaica talk with UK police

MURDERED: Keith Murrain, 54, had his throat cut after being abducted from a hire car shortly after landing in Kingston last June

THE FAMILY of a British businessman who was brutally murdered within hours of flying into Jamaica last summer are holding talks with West Midlands Police following rumours they may be a UK link.

Birmingham-born Keith Murrain, 54, had his throat cut after being abducted from a hire car shortly after landing in Kingston last June.

His body was found dumped in a shallow grave in a sugar cane field on the outskirts of Spanish Town. Jamaican police have not yet been able to bring his killers to justice.

Unhappy with the way investigations are being carried out in the Caribbean, Keith’s family are holding talks with West Midlands Police detectives in a bid to have closure on the tragedy.

His brother Trevor told The Voice: “We are simply no further forward and as a family we feel there should be some investigations carried out from the UK end.

“There needs to be proper police investigations to erase any rumours that there could be a UK link. We have been in touch with West Midlands Police and we are going to hold talks to discuss this further.

“It’s particularly hard on our mother who was 84 just before Christmas – in fact her birthday is a week’s before what would have been Keith’s 55th birthday on December 21.

“We’re a very solid family but this is taking all the strength we have. We just keep coming up against a brick wall and it’s simply not good enough.”

Trevor added: “Personally, I feel that his killers thought my brother was just another businessman, but his murder has sent shockwaves across both Jamaica and the Birmingham community.

“Keith had ‘a statement’ funeral in Birmingham with more than 4,000 mourners attending. They also deserve an explanation because they are demanding answers too.”

Community activist Desmond Jaddoo, who is co-ordinating the family’s campaign for justice, said: “It’s is now time to make inquiries in the UK. Keith was a British national. The family require justice ands closure and the only way that can happen is with a full investigation both here and in Jamaica.

“The initial lack of communication in Jamaica has led to massive frustration for the family. It has taken six months for proper lines of communication to be opened.”

Father-of-three Keith, who once ran Poppy’s, a well-known barbershop in Birmingham, flew out to Jamaica several times a year developing his tractor export business. He also had a second home at one of the island’s most exclusive addresses.

Last October at Keith’s inquest, Birmingham deputy coroner Ian Dreelan said a post-mortem examination revealed he has died from a haemorrhage after suffering deep cut to his neck.

Talking about the impact of Keith’s death, Trevor added: “People from the UK who have been flying into Jamaica since Keith was murdered are feeling very vulnerable because his killers are still free. Many do not now tell relatives they are arriving on a certain flight.”

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