British woman’s husband murdered at her wedding in Jamaica
October 24th, 2013
A newly married woman watched in horror as her husband was shot and killed by masked gunmen at their wedding reception in Jamaica. Jacqueline Cousins, 49, married Dameion Cousins, 31, in a picturesque ceremony in Hart Hill, Portland, Jamaica.
During the reception, an armed gang entered the proceedings claiming the groom owed them $10,000 Jamaican dollars.
They held the bride at gunpoint while Mr Cousins was shot in the head in the driveway outside. Mrs Cousins, a family support worker, from Hornsey, North London, said she has no idea why the gang targeted her husband.
She said: ‘I started screaming and screaming and I could not believe what I was seeing.
‘I lay down next to him and I put my head on his chest. I realised he was dead.
The couple met when Jacqueline visited her parent’s home in Jamaica 11 years ago.
They did not begin courting until seven years later after her previous marriage dissolved.
‘It was absolutely beautiful,’ said Mrs Cousins.
There was a red carpet, and just 17 people there including us, with twinkling fairy lights.
‘I had picked flowers from my mother’s garden and Dameion had made a beautiful pathway with them.
‘I had never seen him so happy.’
Two men were arrested by the police following the brutal attack, but were then released and no one has ever been caught or prosecuted.
The couple had planned to return to London so Mrs Cousins could continue work and her new husband could get a job.
Mrs Cousins, who returned to London in August, said: ‘I just want answers.
‘The two men who killed my husband are still out there.
‘Everybody loved Dameion. He got on with everyone. I think it was simply jealousy that he might have left the country and had a life with me.’