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Former Antrim businessman shot dead in Jamaican homeland

Winston Samuels lived in Northern Ireland for several decades and was well-known in Antrim
Brendan Hughes

A POPULAR Antrim businessman who retired to his native Jamaica more than a decade ago has been killed in a shooting.

Winston Samuels (71) lived in Northern Ireland for many decades after marrying a local woman and was fondly remembered in Antrim for running an electrical shop.

He returned to Jamaica more than a decade ago and in 2008 set up the Irish Rover, billed as Jamaica's first authentic Irish pub.

Police in Jamaica are investigating after Mr Samuels was found dead on Monday last week in the Saint Ann area of the Caribbean island.

Antrim councillor Neil Kelly yesterday said people in the town were shocked to learn of the popular businessman's violent death.

"He was well-known in the area for having an electrics shop. He was always very helpful, very well thought of in the town and very popular," he said.

The Alliance councillor added: "It is a shock to people. He was a well-liked and people are hoping that police catch those responsible."

Mr Samuels was fondly known as 'Sam' in Antrim where he ran S&A Electronics on Railway Street in the town.

He was a father and grandfather who frequently travelled with his wife Angela between Ireland and Jamaica.

Mr Samuels was also known on the showband circuit and played the drums with Jimmy Johnston's Show Band, according to the Antrim Guardian.

It reported that Mr Samuels had previously told how he moved from Jamaica and joined the British Army, and met his wife in Belfast.

He had served at the funeral of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965 at the age of 21.

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