British national's murder reported to millions worldwide

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 20:00

The shooting death of 22-year-old British national Adrian St. John, has once again put this country in a bad light internationally where crime is concerned.

News of his death has been broadcast and published in dozens of newspapers, television stations, radio stations and websites, mostly across Europe and Asia.

It has also brought a response from West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, as St John was the captain of the Chris Gayle Cricket Academy of London.

Gayle tweeted, "Such sad news to hear. My condolences to his family & friends. Adrian St John was the captain of the academy. #Sigh.”

Donovan Miller, programme manager for the Chris Gayle Foundation, was quoted as saying by the BBC on Monday: “I’m really finding it hard to come to terms with it, how someone could do something like that to such a lovely person.”

“He wanted me to support him to go to the Caribbean and to kind of push hard with his cricket.”

Among those news entities and websites to have reported the murder, are the Daily Mail, The UK Guardian, the BBC, ESPN, The Independent, The Evening Standard and ITV News. [See full list below]

St John was in the company of two women at VP Branch River around 8.30 Sunday night when two men approached and announced a robbery.

The three were relieved of their valuables and ordered into a vehicle.

St John was instructed to drive off but was shot dead as he did so.

The UK Foreign Office has issued a statement stating that it was in contact with the Trinidadian authorities following the death of a British native on Caribbean soil.

Oxted and Limpsfield Cricket Club chairman, Phil Trayner, paid tribute to the young man on the club's website.

He wrote "All members will be deeply saddened by the shocking and tragic news confirmed in the media this morning.

"All our thoughts are with Adrian's family and other friends.

"Adrian was a consistent member of our 1st team last season having joined from Alleyn CC after the 2014 season and played in 18 games throughout the year.

"He came on our successful pre-season tour to the Isle of Wight and also made himself available for the 4th XI on a blank weekend for the 1sts.

"He was actively involved with the south London-based Chris Gayle Academy, captaining the side.

"His commitment was clear for all to see, and he travelled regularly to indoor nets at Hazlewood and games from his home in Dulwich.

"He was fun-loving, friendly, cricket-mad and always had a kind word for his fellow club members, even if he scarcely knew them.

"Adrian - you were a great guy and we will really miss you."

List of international news entities and websites reporting the story:

Daily Mail
CanIndia News
Cricket Country
Daily News
Juice Brighton
Starbroek News
AS English
Get Surrey
Wisden India
Irish Mirror
Croydon Advertiser
Dhaka Tribune
Surrey Mirror
The Voice Online
Western Gazette
The New Daily
Manx Radio
Daily Star
Huffington Post UK
BBC News
The Guardian, UK
ITV News
Evening Standard
The Independent
The Sun
New Zealand Herald
Antigua Observer
Deccan Chronicle