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Murder investigators may come to Bermuda

Jamaican police may travel to Bermuda as thhey investigate the gun murder of Bermudian Karen Hudson-Lewis, the detective leading the case said.

“We are actually looking to come there and liaise with police,” Deputy Superintendent Beresford Brown told

The Royal Gazette yesterday. Meanwhile, he has appealed for anyone in Bermuda with possible details to contact Jamaican authorities.

Popular restaurateur Ms Hudson-Lewis, 45, was gunned down alongside 39-year-old cab driver Everton Daley.

The December 30 attack by two men took place at her residence on Perthland Drive in Mandeville.

Ms Hudson-Lewis’ caretaker, Nicholas Hamilton, was questioned and released in connection with the double murder.

Dep Supt Brown said Mr Hamilton had given Mandeville police a .38 revolver, which he claimed was taken off one of the gunmen during a struggle immediately after the shooting.

“We are still following up on harder leads,” Dep Supt Brown said, adding: “The information that we are working on, until proven otherwise, is that two men entered the house with guns. Hamilton says he took away one gun. The other gunman ran away with the gun that was used.”

Asked if police could speculate as to a motive, he replied: “You and I are at one on that. We are still searching.”

The suspect was released on January 12. Ms Hudson-Lewis’s body was subsequently flown home for a January 24 funeral. The shooting occurred just after she arrived in Jamaica on holiday.

Running through the scenario police had been given, Dep Supt Brown said: “What transpired was they had just got in from the airport. When they got to the house, Mr Hamilton, who lives there, went to the house to open the door and turn on the lights. He then went back to the car, to get the luggage. By then, Karen had entered the house.

“Mr Hamilton went into the house, put down the luggage, when he claims that he saw a car in the vicinity of the gate. It passed the gate and went up the road. On seeing this car, he is saying he became suspicious and told Daley, the driver, to keep an eye on it.”

According to the caretaker, he last spoke with Ms Hudson-Lewis about paying the driver. Mr Hamilton said he was turning to the taxi when he saw two men accost Mr Daley.

Dep Supt Brown said: “They were armed with guns and escorting Daley inside. That is where they confronted Hamilton and took all of them into the room where Karen was. That’s where everything happened.”

He said police are questioning Mr Hamilton’s account of what happened next.

“He is saying that one man held him at gunpoint on the ground. Another ordered the driver to go on one side of the bed. Karen was in the same position where she was when she last spoke.

“One gunman would have shot the driver and then passed Hamilton, shot Karen, and then he, the gunman, ran from the house. I am told the other gunman tried to kill Hamilton. According to what Hamilton said, at that point the gunman was pressing the trigger, and nothing happened, and he punched the gunman. They struggled, the gun fell and Hamilton picked up the gun. The other gunman ran, and Hamilton chased and fired some shots. That is, in a nutshell, what has been reported.”

Ms Hudson-Lewis ran the Parkside restaurant, a popular landmark on Parsons Road, and is said to have run an establishment in Jamaica.

Added Dep Supt Brown: “We would very much appreciate anyone in Bermuda who thinks they can help to contact us at lehohnbroun[AT], or at (876) 962 6614.”

Karen Hudson-Lewis

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Published February 17, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 17, 2012 at 5:35 am)

Murder investigators may come to Bermuda

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