£100,000 reward for information on anniversary of murder of businessman John Palmer

Updated 22 June 2018: The Foreign Office has announced that on the third anniversary of his murder, the family of Essex businessman John Palmer has launched a £100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer or killers, with the support of the independent charity Crimestoppers.

The FCO says that Mr Palmer, 65, was at his home in Sandpit Lane, Brentwood, Essex, at around 5.30pm, on Wednesday June 24, 2015 when he was repeatedly and fatally shot. Mr Palmer was very well known in Tenerife, where he ran a number of businesses.

Christina Ketley, Mr Palmer’s partner, said: “Losing a loved one is hard enough but in this case we have the added stress of not only not knowing who did it but why.”

She said that, just before the murder, they had enjoyed a Father’s Day where their whole family had come together.

“It was lovely and I felt that the future would continue to be as perfect as that, with family at the centre of everything. I never dreamed it would be the last time we were all together as a family with John. Since then every Father’s Day, every birthday and every special occasion is a constant reminder of not only the fact that John is not with us, but that his life was so ruthlessly cut short.”

Roger Critchell, Crimestoppers Director of Operations, said: “We understand that people are not always willing to go to the police so we would urge them to contact Crimestoppers with 100% anonymity through our phone line and our online form.”

Updated 6 August 2015: Essex police have faced widespread criticism, and indeed ridicule, for originally announcing that John Palmer’s death was due to natural causes despite the body seemingly being peppered with bullets. Later, suspicions seemed to be roused that he could have been involved in his own death to avoid the further 15-year sentence he was facing in Spain. Now a man has been arrested for “conspiracy to murder”, rather than murder as such, though it’s unknown whether police suspect that Palmer himself was part of the “conspiracy”. Curiouser and curiouser, as they say.

Original post 27 June: Spanish (and now UK) media is reporting the death of John Palmer, aged 64, well-known timeshare boss in Tenerife from years gone by. Mainly known for the development of Tenerife Royal Garden, accusations of timeshare fraud, and involvement in the Brinks Mat robbery at Heathrow airport in 1983. Palmer served time in the UK, but a heart condition and recent operation meant that he was probably ill-placed to be told that he now faced a further 15-year sentence in Spain for continuing criminal activities from his cell in a UK prison. Apparently he died last Wednesday of a heart attack at home in Brentwood, Essex.


  1. All Murders should be investigated fully and sometimes rewards result in further information leading to more arrests and subsequent convictions….more sub-humans being incarcerated.

  2. After the misery this gangster has caused to peoples lives with his Tenerife time share fiasco and fearsome reputation on the island you would think the family would want to keep a low profile.?

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    Yes, I was reading it with disbelief myself! The obvious first interpretation is that the medics missed the fact that there was, apparently, more than one shotgun wound to the chest, which is so implausible and makes them look so ridiculous that something else must surely be going on. Maybe the police, whom the medics must surely, really, have called, were holding back on releasing that fact while they had a few days before it leaked out to investigate possible links …

  4. Janet it is reported in the UK press today that Palmer was shot in his garden the medics originally missed the gunshot wounds!

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