Brit couple Charlie and Gayle Anderson murdered in Jamaica ‘were tortured and set on fire before fleeing house and collapsing dead’

The couple were found murdered on Friday near their eight-bedroom home in Mount Pleasant, Jamaica, just weeks after they complained of being caught up in a £50k credit card fraud.

Sources on the Caribbean island confirmed that Gayle Anderson, 71, had her hair burnt off when she was found dead 20ft from her luxury retirement home.

The body of her husband-of-55 years Charlie, 74, was discovered 40 metres from the eight-bedroom house, down a slope and with burns to the genitals.

Both had face and neck wounds – with locals claiming the pair had been stabbed.

Bafflingly, the couple’s WINDOWS had been removed from the outside prior to the murders and the living room had been set alight.

A senior investigative source in Jamaica told The Sun: “We have a lot of strands to put together – some of them we just can’t explain yet."

“Mrs Anderson was discovered 20ft in front of the house and on the couple’s property. She was lying on her back and her body had been partially, although not severely, burned.

“Her hair was burned off, but her face was visible. And her clothes were burned with some material sticking to her body.

“Mr Anderson was found 40 metres from the house, but still on the couple’s land. He and his clothing were also burned – it was concentrated around the genitalia area.

“There were pieces of burnt clothing between his body and the house, like he had been on fire and was getting away from the building. He was found towards the end of a long slope. One of the rooms in the house was also burned, their living room which I believe they also used to cook in while they did construction work on another part of the home.”

Charlie had moved to the UK as part of the Windrush generation from Jamaica with “just a satchel to his name” – eventually marrying supermarket worker Gayle and settling in Gorton, Manchester.

They moved back to Jamaica last year to retire.

The couple have sons Mark, 53, and Glen, 54, and sources said that one of the boys was jetting to the Caribbean yesterday.

In a statement, the sons said their parents were “pillars of the community” and “beginning the next chapter of their lives” on the island.

Detectives are still quizzing neighbours of the couple, who were in the final stages of building their dream home in the picturesque Mount Pleasant community in the north of Jamaica.

They are exploring the possibility that the killings could have been linked to a £50,000 fraud against Gayle on the island.

Another investigative source said: “We are making progress and we have some persons of interest.”

The Anderson’s home perches above a narrow roadway, with a steep rocky driveway and decorative wrought irons gates at the top.

It commands dramatic views of lush ravines swooping hundreds of feet below, yet is only two miles from the sea.

Charlie’s brother broke down sobbing in the driveway as he described his devastation at the murders.

Gerland Anderson, 64, also revealed his brother had planned to take up farming once the couple had completed their home.

Stricken with grief, he told The Sun: “I am devastated by these senseless murders. I cannot understand it. Everyone around here is grieving for both of them.

“My brother was a wonderful man, caring and generous. Everybody around here is in a state of shock.”
Charlie had been given the land for the home by his mother, said Gerland.

Neighbour Anthony Davis, 25, who helped with the building work, said: “It really was their dream home, building it from scratch from a bare plot of land.

“They used a lot of local people to help them and they were very popular. Everyone liked them. I can’t believe this could happen to such kind people.”

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