Sunday 8 December, 2019

Husband remanded on charge of murdering wife, a cop

The 53-year-old man who is accused of chopping to death his wife who was a district constable, is set to return to court on November 29.

The matter for the accused man, Barrington Whyte, was mentioned in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday, but was rescheduled because the post-mortem report on the body of the slain cop, Mellisa Edwards-Whyte, has not yet been completed.

Edwards-Whyte, who served at Crime Stop at the office of the Commissioner of Police, was found hacked to death at her home in Patrick City, St Andrew on Saturday, September 29.

Following the discovery of her body and the surrender of her husband, he has been charged with her murder.

Reports are that the victim, her brother and her husband were at home on the day in question, when the brother left the house to run an errand.

It was further reported that upon his return to the house, the brother found the grill to the house securely locked.

After calling Edwards-Whyte and not getting an answer, the brother went around to the back of the house and looked through a window, from where he saw his sister lying in a pool of blood.

The police were alerted and managed to gain entry to the house, where the body of the policewoman was reportedly found with multiple chop wounds in a pool of blood.

A machete was found at the scene.

The district constable's death sent shock waves across the country and drew widespread condemnation, including from the national security minister and the police commissioner.

Her husband, who was being sought for days, subsequently surrendered to the police in the company of his attorney.

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