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Ambassador Peter King slain - Throat slashed by killers - Stayover guests quizzed
published: Tuesday | March 21, 2006

Glenroy Sinclair and David Bridger, Gleaner Reporters


Gwen Murray (second left) is consoled by an unidentified woman while Ann Shirley (second right), financial consultant, and John Lopez look on outside the home of Ambassador Peter King who was found murdered in his Waterloo Road, St. Andrew, home yesterday. - NORMAN GRINDLEY/DEPUTY CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER

AMBASSADOR PETER King, a long-serving public servant who has represented Jamaica in crucial negotiations, particularly on trade issues, was yesterday found murdered at his Waterloo Road, St. Andrew, home.

The nude body of the former diplomat, who was chairman of the Trade Board, was discovered in his bedroom with throat slashed and multiple stab wounds to the chest.

The police said he was found lying on his back on the blood-soaked mattress. Detectives yesterday said they were working on an early lead, as two young men, who it is believed had slept over at the house, were still being questioned by detectives last night.

"There were no signs of any forced entry," Senior Superintendent George Quallo told journalists who had converged on the crime scene.

NO CLUES

SSP Quallo's statement was supported by acting Assistant Commissioner Denver Frater, who is in charge of several senior officers who were part of the investigative team, which spent more than seven hours combing the house and its exterior for clues.

According to a member of the investigative team, there were bloodstains in a section of the house, leading from Mr. King's bedroom to a patio outside, where it is suspected that the killer(s) washed off the murder weapon.

Detective Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn of the Constabulary Communication Network said the body of the 64-year-old Mr. King was discovered by the police shortly after 9:00 a.m. This was after one of King's staff attempted to gain access to the house, but was not able to.

"He tried calling Mr. King, but received no reply. Then he later called the police," said Det. Sgt. Llewellyn.

Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields said no motive has yet been determined.

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