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Relatives of businessman slain in Jamaica angry at £3000 bill for body

Monday, August 11, 2014 | 2:09 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Relatives of Keith Murrain, a UK businessman who was abducted and killed in Jamaica in July, are angry about having to find nearly £3000 to fly his body to Birmingham, England for burial.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Jamaican authorities refused to release the 54-year-old's body unless the family handed over the money.

Community leaders in Birmingham are angry about having to find the £2,750 needed to fly the body back and believe that the consulate and commission are responsible for assisting nationals in repatriation to the UK.

Community campaigner Desmond Jaddoo said, “I believe if you are killed in Kingston and you are black, there is an assumption you are Jamaican.”

Murrain’s family hail from Montserrat, the Birmingham Mail noted.

 “Keith has been laid to rest, but what if the money could not have been found? Would his remains still be in Jamaica, that is the question?” Jaddoo added.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office declined to comment on individual cases, but pointed out assistance in repatriation usually falls short of paying for a body to be flown home. That is something often, but not always, covered by travel insurance, they said.

Murrain was abducted after leaving the Norman Manley Airport in Kingston heading to his home in the Portmore area of St Catherine. His body was found sometime after with its throat slashed.

Keleshia Powell

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