British financial adviser fights for life after Bahamas shooting

By Calvin Palmer

A British financial adviser is fighting for his life in a hospital in The Bahamas after being ambushed on his way to work and shot in the head execution style.

Hywel Jones, 55, was shot getting out of his car in Gambier Village, New Providence Island, on Wednesday.

Assistant Superintendent Leon Bethel of the Royal Bahamas Police Force said several people witnessed the shooting but are afraid to come forward.

Jones was still in critical condition today and being guarded by police at the private hospital.

Bethel said Jones was shot once in the head by an assailant described as a slim dark male.

The gunman was reportedly waiting on the outside of an unused building next to Jones’ investment company, Britannia Investment Group.

Eyewitnesses said the gunman shot Jones in the back of his head as soon as he got out of his car. The assailant then reportedly fled while changing his clothes and rode off on a motorcycle that was parked several feet away from the company.

Police do not have a motive for the attack but do not believe Jones was a random target.

Jones is originally from North Wales and moved to the Caribbean in the 1990s. He worked in the finance sector in the United Kingdom and Jamaica before setting up Britannia Investment Group in The Bahamas in 1996.

He is a former director of both The Bankers Association of The Bahamas and The Bahamas Institute of Bankers.

Jones is also a former partner of Lester Turnquest, a former MP and the managing director of financial services firm Bonnycord Group.

[Based on reports by BBC News and The Freeport News.]

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